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Smart speakers are the trojan horse for consumer AI

“To drive greater adoption of voice assistants, tech companies will likely need to provide more visibility for third-party voice apps from businesses” writes Laurie Beaver for businessinsider.com. One of the main issues facing voice assistants is that users simply don’t know how to use them beyond simple commands like playing music or getting weather updates.Peter Newman, research analyst for BI Intelligence, has put together a Smart Speaker report that analyzes the market potential of the Echo Look, Echo Show, and HomePod.Finally, the report draws some inferences from our data about the direction…

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Google’s Deepmind AI unit releases new version of AlphaGo that learns on its own

“After 40 days, AlphaGo Zero had won 100 straight games, Deepmind said” writes Tom Krazit for geekwire.com. Deepmind, the artificial intelligence research organization owned by Google, announced some stunning results Wednesday from research into the next generation of its AlphaGo system: the machines are getting smarter.In a few decades, we might not draw a direct link between this accomplishment and the nascent Singularity, but it’s an important breakthrough for Google’s artificial intelligence ambitions.And that could be a huge boon for Google’s cloud efforts, which trail market leaders Amazon Web Services…

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Samsung unveils Bixby 2.0 with long-awaited Viv Labs integration

“As part of Bixby 2.0, a software development kit (SDK) will be made available so the AI assistant can be incorporated into more products” writes Khari Johnson for venturebeat.com. Over time all our IoT devices will become SmartThings compatible and gradually all Samsung devices from smartphones to TVs to refrigerators will offer a seamless interface and service,” Samsung president DJ Koh said onstage.At first the SDK will only be available to select developers in private beta, and made generally available next year, Samsung VP Dag Kittlaus said. Source: venturebeat.com Share This:

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BofA Merrill takes another step towards AI adoption by introducing CashPro Assistant

“Just a couple of months ago, BofA Merrill announced the adoption of a new solution that uses artificial intelligence (AI)” reports financefeeds.com. CashPro Assistant uses artificial intelligence and predictive analytic capabilities to help commercial and corporate clients easily access and analyze their banking information.At the center of the CashPro Assistant is CashPro Assistant Analytics and Forecasting, which enables clients to use BofA Merrill application programming interfaces (APIs) to integrate directly with Microsoft® Excel to populate account data on demand from CashPro Online into configurable spreadsheets. Source: financefeeds.com Share This:

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BofA Enhances The Spreadsheet With APIs, Artificial Intelligence

“Its new tool, CashPro Assistant, includes analytics and forecasting solutions, which rely on AI and predictive analytics to help corporate customers manage and analyze their banking and financial data” reports pymnts.com. We view this as an opportunity to help them gain efficiencies, enhance governance and control and drive strategic growth.”. The financial institution (FI) announced news on Tuesday (Oct. 17) that it is deploying artificial intelligence (AI) and API technology to integrate its solutions directly with Microsoft Excel. Source: pymnts.com Share This:

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AI-first marketing could help brands perfect the customer experience

“AI-first marketing and customer engagement will no longer be about edge use cases like bid optimization or dynamic content insertion” writes Vijay Chittoor for venturebeat.com. In the AI-first world, the only survivors on this battlefield will be the ones who embrace AI at the core of their marketing and customer experience strategies.With the richness of customer data, AI can now guide the customer on their journey with your brand.In the world of customer engagement, this involves building a 360-degree customer profile. Source: venturebeat.com Share This:

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Intel plans to ship its first-generation Neural Network Processor by the end of the year

“At first, the NNPs will only get released to a small number of Intel partners which the company plans to begin outfitting before the end of this year” writes Blair Hanley Frank for venturebeat.com. The NNPs are designed to very quickly tackle the math that underpins artificial intelligence applications, specifically neural networks, a currently popular branch of machine learning.One of the big problems with the large, deep neural networks that are popular right now is that they can be very computationally intensive, which makes them harder to test and deploy…

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Bots are transforming personal banking around the world

“Like other bots, banking bots have the potential for disaster” writes Deena Zaidi for venturebeat.com. The banking world is launching smarter bots and chatty virtual assistants, and the competition is only getting started.Many Swedish companies have rolled out advanced versions of banking bots designed to sound like women.Like Nao, Pepper was brought to the banking world by Softbank Robotics and Aldebaran Robotics. Source: venturebeat.com Share This:

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UBS: AI is growing like crazy — and these chip makers are set to dominate the industry

“Nvidia and Intel are the only two companies Chin sees as having a solution for every part of the current AI market” writes Seth Archer for businessinsider.com. The autonomous car space could be a huge market for chip makers, coming in just behind data centers, said Chin.Computer chip makers have realized this, and are currently in a race to provide the chips that can power current and future AI systems.The companies that can provide the best chips for that growing market stand to benefit from the sector’s explosive growth. Source: businessinsider.com Share…

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