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April 2016

Great Piece on AI & Chatbots: How ‘chatbots’ could change balance of power in tech (Nathan McAlone)

The tech world has been voraciously chattering about “chatbots,” and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has already declared them the new apps, the next big thing.

But what tends to get lost in the discussion is the reason why these chatbots could represent such a power shift in the industry, and how they could fundamentally change the idea of apps, or distinct pieces of software in general…

Source: How ‘chatbots’ could change balance of power in tech – Business Insider Deutschland

Must-Read Presentation: Mobile Is Eating the World (Benedict Evans)

In this update of his past presentations on Mobile Eating the World — delivered most recently at The Guardian’s Changing Media Summit — a16z’s Benedict Evans takes us through how technology is universal through mobile. How mobile is not a subset of the internet anymore. And how mobile (and accompanying trends of cloud and AI) is also driving new productivity tools.

In fact, mobile — which encompasses everything from drones to cars — is everything…

Good Read: The State of Artificial Intelligence Technology, per Nvidia’s CEO (Fortune)

Jen-Hsun Huang weighs in on data centers, driverless cars, and deep learning tech. As industry embraces AI, computers aren’t the only ones that have to learn new tricks. Fortune’s Andrew Nusca talks with Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang.

Fortune: What’s the current status of artificial intelligence?

Jen-Hsun Huang: 2015 was a big year. Artificial intelligence is moving into the commercial world. AI has been worked on for many years, largely in research. Various aspects of commercial use of AI, otherwise known as machine learning, is used for advertising and web searches and things like that…

 

Source: The State of Artificial Intelligence Technology, Per Nvidia’s CEO – Fortune

AI is absolutely essential for the Messaging Platform Business Model to take over the World (of B2C) (André Cramer)

Over the course of the last weeks and months you couldn’t escape news and stories about messaging platforms going after B2C use cases à la “order me some food”, “book me a hotel room” or “I need a ride downtown in 30 minutes”.

Pioneered and taken to huge success in Asia by platforms like Weixin/WeChatLINE and Kakao, especially Facebook with its two behemoth platforms Messenger and WhatsApp is taking decisive actions to bring businesses and consumers together on their platforms. Kik is even faster, having just launched such a botstore for brands. In their launch line-up are 18 well-known brands such as Sephora, H&M or The Weather Channel. And with these moves, communications platforms will tap into significant revenue streams in the form of rev shares and commissions for being the facilitator between businesses and consumers in everyday Transactions.
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Forget Apple vs. the FBI: WhatsApp Just Switched on Encryption for a Billion People (WIRED)

FOR MOST OF the past six weeks, the biggest story out of Silicon Valley was Apple’s battle with the FBI over a federal order to unlock the iPhone of a mass shooter. The company’s refusal touched off a searing debate over privacy and security in the digital age. But this morning, at a small office in Mountain View, California, three guys made the scope of that enormous debate look kinda small…

Source: Forget Apple vs. the FBI: WhatsApp Just Switched on Encryption for a Billion People | WIRED

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