Amazon unveiled new artificial intelligence services to help users of its data center services to build better, smarter applications. The services include tools to help developers add text-to-speech, image recognition, and the technology behind Amazon’s Alexa personal assistant to their applications.
Amazon’s ace in the hole here is Amazon Echo, the home speaker device, and Alexa, the personal assistant AI software that runs it. The goal here is to help improve the brains behind Alexa and make that technology broadly available to AWS developers so that they can build smart applications using their data.
Another new service, Amazon Lex, will let AWS developers “bake intelligence” into the software they create, said Matt Wood, general manager of product strategy for AWS. “This is a form of automatic speech recognition so you can build conversational, intuitive interfaces to your applications and business data.” he said.
Bored while you wait for someone to text back? Now you can challenge friends for high scores on Facebook Messenger’s new Instant Games, like Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Words With Friends Frenzy. Available right from your message threads, they load in seconds since they’re built on the HTML5 mobile web standard, rather than having to be downloaded like clunky native apps.
The beauty company, which counts Kendall Jenner as its ambassador, is launching the mobile service along with a Christmas pop-up shop near its headquarters on Mortimer Street, London.
Estee Lauder says that the Messenger bot - which uses artificial intelligence to communicate with customers - will mean that shoppers can shop for their Christmas gifts and choose an instant courier within 60 minutes delivery across London.
"Today’s changing consumer behaviours mean that we have to adapt to the need for instant access to our products and services" said Chris Good, president of Estee Lauder.
Chatbots are hot in tech industry. This year we all came to know about chatbots after Mark Zuckerberg announced the company's new Messenger Platform for developers to build chatbots.
Since the announcement of demonetization some chatbots have been a great help. Taking cue from current scenario as a once in a lifetime opportunity, these four chatbots are leveraging the opportunity to get more people signed up for their services.
Microsoft Tay was wiped from the earth just as fast as it learned how to be a homophobic racist chatbot. The AI proved to be quite a mess, as users quickly influenced Tay's responses and algorithms. So how is Microsoft Zo any different from Tay? For one, it's is a little more quirky and perhaps even childish. Zo does not yet appear able to construct concise responses, like one would expect from Google's Assistant. The bot often forms smart, but misguided responses that do not appear to lead into forming a larger dialog.
British Airways has become the latest airline to launch a chatbot for the Facebook Messenger platform. Initially available in Germany, France, India, Singapore, Japan and the United Arab Emirates, the service provides passengers with a ‘best of the best’ guide to London.
Users can also interact with the chatbot to find out about exclusive deals and personalised recommendations on top attractions and experiences in London. Exclusive deals include discounted stays at the Rosewood London hotel and discounts at Westfield London shopping centre. The bot is, however, only available during the month of December to coincide with BA’s winter campaign.
As temperatures have dipped, so has air quality across India with smog affecting many cities. But now, you can find out just how bad the air is in your city with just one chat message on FB Messenger. Delhi-based entrepreneur Amrit Sharma has created what he says is the world's first air quality chatbot- Smokey, which lets you track the air quality in your city and sends you messages on a regular basis.