Happenings
  • Google Again Leads in Voice Assistant IQ Test but Alexa is Closing the Gap According to Loup Ventures

    Aug 19, 2019

    Loup Ventures published its annual Voice Assistant IQ test on Friday and found that once again Google Assistant led over Amazon Alexa and Apple Siri. Google Assistant answered 93% of the 800-query test questions correctly compared to 83% for Siri and 80% for Alexa. The test was conducted on smartphones to gauge voice assistant performance on mobile devices and follows a similar study from December 2018 focused on smart speaker performance. Previous tests also included Microsoft’s Cortana but it was removed in 2019 due to the company’s shift away from the consumer voice assistant segment.

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  • Why AI Is The Future of Financial Services

    Aug 15, 2019

    Frontrunner financial services firms are achieving companywide revenue growth of 19% directly attributable to their AI initiatives, much greater than the 12% of follower firms achieve.

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  • LatentView Analytics Reveals Voice Platform for Enterprise Data

    Aug 14, 2019

    New Jersey-based digital analytics firm LatentView Analytics debuted a new conversational platform built to make data analytics more accessible for businesses. The Conversational Analytics System Personalized or Casper platform is designed to speed up the process of collecting and sorting data in ways that are useful for the business and its employees.

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  • Insurance Industry Turns To Artificial Intelligence

    Aug 13, 2019

    Artificial intelligence is finding its way into every industry and insurance is no exception.

    The value of underwritten insurance premiums is estimated to exceed $20 million within five years, an increase from $1.3 billion this year, according to new research.

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  • Voice Technology And The Lure Of Zero UI In Health Care

    Aug 12, 2019

    Zero UI (Zero User Interface) is an interface without a physical presence – no screen, no buttons, no keys. Instead, a user moves, talks, looks or thinks, and artificial intelligence (AI) interprets that interaction in order to respond. It sounds simple, but Zero UI is an intensely complex effort requiring extremely robust capabilities.

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  • AI can make better use of all data

    Aug 11, 2019

    Industrial robots are building cars in factories where human presence is redundant; autonomous unmanned vehicles are crawling on the surface of Mars; and self-driving is a few years away from becoming reality. We are at the cusp of a revolutionary change that will define the way we live in the future.

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  • Amazon’s Text-To-Speech AI Service Sounds More Natural And Realistic

    Aug 11, 2019

    Amazon enhanced Polly - the cloud-based text-to-speech service - to deliver natural and realistic speech synthesis. The service can now be leveraged to present domain-specific style such as newscast and sportscast.

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  • NHS investing £250M in new AI lab to target earlier cancer detection, dementia treatments

    Aug 9, 2019

    The U.K.’s National Health Service is investing £250 million into an artificial intelligence lab with the aim of researching how AI can aid with earlier cancer detection and new dementia treatments.

    In an announcement on Thursday, the NHS said the new national AI lab will bring together industry’s best academics, specialists and technology companies to work on some of the biggest challenges in healthcare.

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  • Vonage Plans To Buy Voice AI Provider Over.ai

    Aug 6, 2019

    Cloud communications provider Vonage has revealed its plan to acquire Over.ai, a Tel Aviv-based conversational artificial intelligence specialist for enterprise communications.

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  • 34 Percent of Marketers Expect to Have a Voice App by 2020, Alexa with Big Lead Over Google Assistant as Enthusiasm Runs High in New Report

    Aug 5, 2019

    A survey of North American marketers by Vociebot.ai and Voices.com found that 24% of marketers have already launched a voice app such as an Alexa skill or Google Action. Another 6% of marketers expect to introduce a voice app this year, followed by 4% more next year bringing the total to 34% by the end of 2020. Those results suggest over one-third of marketers will have a voice app for conversational engagement within four years of the launch of Google Assistant and six years after Amazon Echo first arrived.

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