Chatbots are the future, but they almost certainly aren't the present.
Chatbots are all the rage. Or, at least they were a couple of months ago. You don’t need to go back far in time to see the full hype and disillusionment cycle. In April, VentureBeat declared a chatbot gold rush and then a short time later in October that chatbots suck (for now). How did this change in chatbot sentiment build so quickly?
The White House recently requested information on the future of artificial intelligence. Since it's our job to think about these things, as builders of AI-powered assistants for businesses, our Chief Data Scientist and Co-founder, Byron Galbraith, was an awesome person to provide insights on the topics they're asking about. Below are his answers.
We’re big believers that artificial intelligence and machine learning are going to revolutionize the future of work. So much so that we’ve built an assistant to do busywork for knowledge workers.
Since it’s our job (and hobby) to be tapped into things happening in the field, we wanted to share with you some of the people we follow whose tweets about machine learning, AI and our industry we enjoy most. From professors, to entrepreneurs, to VCs, these accounts will help you keep on top of some of the coolest news—if we do say so ourselves.
We just returned from Re-Work's Virtual Assistant conference, where we spent a couple days talking about the future of intelligent virtual assistants. They're going to offload our busywork, assist doctors and nurses in monitoring patients, manage our finances and much more. We're as excited as ever about what artificial intelligence is going to do for all of us, and the way we work. So this month, and going forward, we've rounded up some of the best reads on the future of work and the big developments in A.I. for you to check out.
For a lot of people, the first thing that comes to mind when they hear 'artificial intelligence' is still some vision of a sci-fi universe. It seems unbelievable, magical, or (worst of all) terrifying. We get it—our industry doesn't always do the best job explaining the implications of AI breakthroughs on a mass scale. We're a big bunch of nerds, and we sometimes forget that not everyone is spending their free time digging through the same subreddits as we are. For instance, if you'd recently seen footage of a computer describing what's happening in a video in real-time, it might not seem that significant. But it's one of several huge milestones happening in AI, and what it really points to is the exponential expansion of possibilities. The reality is that machine learning has already showed up in a number of places in your life—whether you knew it or not. And the implications are only getting more awesome from here.