CHATBOTS EXPLAINED: Why businesses should be paying attention to the chatbot revolution (FB, AAPL, GOOG)

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Advancements in artificial intelligence, coupled with the proliferation of messaging apps, are fueling the development of chatbots — software programs that use messaging as the interface through which to carry out any number of tasks, from scheduling a meeting, to reporting weather, to helping users buy a pair of shoes. 

Foreseeing immense potential, businesses are starting to invest heavily in the burgeoning bot economy. A number of brands and publishers have already deployed bots on messaging and collaboration channels, including HP, 1-800-Flowers, and CNN. While the bot revolution is still in the early phase, many believe 2016 will be the year these conversational interactions take off.

In a new report from BI Intelligence, we explore the growing and disruptive bot landscape by investigating what bots are, how businesses are leveraging them, and where they will have the biggest impact. We outline the burgeoning bot ecosystem by segment, look at companies that offer bot-enabling technology, distribution channels, and some of the key third-party bots already on offer. 

The report also forecasts the potential annual savings that businesses could realize if chatbots replace some of their customer service and sales reps. Finally, we compare the potential of chatbot monetization on a platform like Facebook Messenger against the iOS App Store and Google Play store.

Here are some of the key takeaways:Chatbots Explainer Report Cover

  • AI has reached a stage in which chatbots can have increasingly engaging and human conversations, allowing businesses to leverage the inexpensive and wide-reaching technology to engage with more consumers.
  • Chatbots are particularly well suited for mobile — perhaps more so than apps. Messaging is at the heart of the mobile experience, as the rapid adoption of chat apps demonstrates.
  • The chatbot ecosystem is already robust, encompassing many different third-party chat bots, native bots, distribution channels, and enabling technology companies. 
  • Chatbots could be lucrative for messaging apps and the developers who build bots for these platforms, similar to how app stores have developed into moneymaking ecosystems.  

In full, the report:

  • Breaks down the pros and cons of chatbots.
  • Explains the different ways businesses can access, utilize, and distribute content via chatbots.
  • Forecasts the potential impact chatbots could have for businesses.
  • Looks at the potential barriers that could limit the growth, adoption, and use of chatbots.
  • And much more.

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Here are the 5 most important things I learned at racing school (F)

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I went to Utah recently to drive the $400,000 Ford GT supercar — a rare privilege as only 250 will be built in 2017 — but the day before I hit the road and the racetrack, Ford put me through its one-day Performance Racing School program.

For eight hours, I received high-level on-and-off track instruction from professional drivers. We had at our disposal the 526-horsepower Shelby GT350 (the single-day course is offered for free to any new owner of a Ford Performance vehicle).

I learned a lot. But here were my five biggest takeaways:

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1. Nobody except a pro driver is a pro driver.

Being taught to drive better on track is a humbling experience. I’ve tracked numerous cars, but the pros who’ve been doing it since they were little kids in go-karts and who have actually raced for money are about 50,000 miles above me in terms of ability.

I’m not fit to sit in the same car with them, much less a track-ready beast like the 526-horsepower Shelby GT350. That said, they’re the best at figuring out what you’re doing wrong and how to fix it.

At the Ford Performance Racing School, by the end of a day of driving and learning, you get a hot lap with one of the instructors. This will and should boggle your mind. I can drive fast. But a pro driver drives fast on an entirely different plane.

2. Driving hard and fast is for the racetrack — not the road.

Ford offers a day at its Performance Racing School — located at Utah Motorsports about a half-hour from Salt Lake City — for all new owners of Shelbys, Focus RS and STs, Raptor pickups, and Fiesta STs so that they can fully explore their cars’ capabilities.

In the case of the GT350, the capabilities are mind-boggling. (I’ve also tracked a Focus RS, and its capabilities are also mind-boggling, just in a different way.)

If anything, the way these cars can be pushed near their limits on a track should remind you that they shouldn’t be pushed anywhere near their limits on the public roads. 

That’s a big takeaway: speed is seductive, but it’s dangerous and needs to be controlled. The FPR instructors stress safety, safety, safety. So, of course, you’re wearing a racing suit, helmet, and are strapped in with a four-point harness the whole time. 

Speed is for the track, not the road.

3. You have $1 to spend — and not a penny more.

This might have been my favorite piece of wisdom, dispensed by instructor Charlie Putnam as he was explaining why you should only attempt a pass except on a straightaway and with the cooperation of your fellow driver (at our level). 

Putnam gave the example of a driver coming into a corner right before a long straight preparing to pass a car in front of it. The driver is steering, braking, and preparing to get hard back on the throttle.

But a driver can only use 100% of any of those inputs. If you’re using 50% steering, you only have 50% left over for braking and throttle.

The driver who wanted to pass forgot this rule. He had “a dollar to spend,” as Putnam put it, but because he went too hard back on the throttle while still spending some of his buck on steering, he went over $1 — more like $1.30.

Crash! Luckily he was OK.

It was a great lesson. Performance driving is all about balancing the inputs. Overdo it on any of the inputs and you’ll lose the car. At best, you’ll have to correct, costing you time on a lap. At worst, you crunch your car. 

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Podemos caminar en la superficie de planetas 100 veces más grandes que la Tierra y sin casi notarlo


Una de las cosas menos creíbles de la ciencia ficción es eso de que todos los planetas sean visitables. En todos, hay una atmósfera, un campo magnético y, sobre todo, una gravedad muy parecidas a la Tierra. Teniendo en cuenta que los exoplanetas tienen una amplísima variabilidad de masas y tamaños (y la gravedad depende de ellos), la idea parece eso: pura ciencia ficción.

La Luna de Neil Armstrong o el Marte de John Carter funcionan así: son más pequeños que la Tierra y, por tanto, tienen una menor gravedad. Por otro lado, Júpiter, con su elefantiásico campo gravitacional, hace de ‘escudo antimisiles‘ de nuestro planeta. ¿Qué podemos esperar de exoplanetas 100 veces que la Tierra sino terminar aplastados en el suelo como si fuéramos un botón?


Sorteamos una base Moshi Travel Stand para tu Apple Watch

Cargar el Apple Watch a diario es una rutina que no suele dar problemas salvo cuando te vas de viaje. En esos momentos en los que llenas el bolso o maleta de todo tipo de cables para cargar tu portátil, smartphone, tablet y reloj inteligente es cuando te das cuenta de que al final tienes que arrastrar con un buen puñado de cables que al final forman una buena maraña en la maleta. Por eso soluciones inteligentes como la base Travel Stand de Moshi resultan tan útiles. Una base compacta, plegable, que sirve para guardar el cable de carga del Apple Watch y que es compatible con cualquier tipo de correa y el modo Mesita de Noche, y que puede ser tuya siguiendo unas instrucciones muy sencillas.

La base es muy ligera y compacta gracias a los materiales utilizados para su fabricación. Una superficie de plástico blanco se acompaña de una base de goma en la que puedes enrollar el cable de carga del reloj, independientemente de su longitud, bien para transportarla con todo el cable enrollado en ella o para que sólo se vea el cable necesario para ir al enchufe dejando el resto del cable dentro de la base. El brazo plegable permite que la base ocupe poco espacio cuando no se use, y colocarlo con la inclinación que deseemos cuando tengamos que cargar el Apple Watch. Si eres de los que prefieren cargarlo con la correa abierta sobre la base, también puedes hacerlo. En realidad puedes usar la combinación de posiciones que quieras, ya que es compatible con cualquier tipo de correa.

La base Travel Stand de Moshi tiene un precio de 34,95€ en la página oficial del fabricante y está disponible sólo en el color blanco y gris que puedes ver en estas imágenes. Gracias a su fabricante una de estas fantásticas bases puede ser tuya, participando en nuestro sorteo. ¿Qué hay que hacer? Simplemente estar dentro de nuestro chat de Telegram ( Descarga la aplicación Telegram si es que aún no la tienes y entra en nuestro chat, donde comentamos las noticias sobre el mundo de Apple, preguntáis vuestras dudas y recomendamos accesorios, aplicaciones, etc. Una cosa sí que hay que tener en cuenta: el envío se realizará sólo a España. El sorteo se realizará entre todos los que estén el el grupo de Telegram el viernes 2 de junio a las 23:59 horas, y el ganador se comunicará, cómo no, vía Telegram.

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Amazon is preparing to launch checkout-free supermarkets in the UK (AMZN)

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Amazon has trademarked the slogan “No Lines. No Checkout. (No, Seriously.)” with the Intellectual Property Office in the UK.

The official trademark was filed by the Seattle-headquartered company on May 11 and published on May 19.

The move, first spotted by Bloomberg, suggests that the ecommerce giant intends to launch its Amazon Go supermarket in the UK in the near future, going head-to-head with the likes of Tesco, Waitrose, and Sainsburys.

Amazon Go stores feature technology that allows shoppers to simply walk in, grab what they want, and leave.

Amazon opened its first Amazon Go test store in Seattle earlier this year. The cashierless store uses a range of sensors and a smartphone app to know what customers have purchased.

Amazon did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.

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New iPhone 8 images show fingerprint scanner will be built into the screen

Some years Apple does a decent job of keeping its upcoming handsets secret, but this year isn’t one of them. We’ve had a steady stream of leaks and today there’s both a CAD image and shots of the iPhone 8 in a case, revealing that – as has been rumored – the fingerprint scanner will seemingly be built into the screen.

That’s worth emphasising, as some earlier leaks suggested the scanner might find its home on the back of the phone, and while leaked dummy units of the iPhone 8 show an absence of visible scanners, they were made based on diagrams which may not have had every marking in place, so left the possibility of a rear-mounted scanner open.

These leaks though leave less in doubt. The CAD image was shared by Benjamin Geskin, who’s been leaking a lot of iPhone 8 stuff. The design here shows an all-screen front, albeit with a cut-out at the top for the front-facing camera, while on the back there’s that vertically aligned dual-lens camera that we’ve seen so much of.

Circles aren't scanners

There’s also a circle, which you might reasonably think is the fingerprint scanner, but according to Geskin it’s simply the location of the Apple logo.

And backing that up, Slashleaks has posted images of a dummy iPhone 8 unit in a case – with no fingerprint scanner cut-out on the back.

Of course, there’s no guarantee any of this is accurate, but case manufacturers may have got an early look at the phone and are likely to be at least reasonably confident in the design before building cases for it.

For now, we still can’t totally rule out the possibility of a rear-mounted scanner, or a return of the home button below the screen. But, while an under-screen scanner once seemed unlikely, it’s now looking like the most probable outcome.

  • A more affordable iPhone 7S might also be on the way

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Olvida la fusión nuclear: la energía del futuro es la energía osmótica y podría producir un 40% de la demanda energética mundial


Decía el famoso hidrólogo Jorge Manrique que “nuestras vidas son los ríos que van a dar al mar”. Lo que no sabía (ni llegaba si quiera a intuir) era que ese “dar al mar” podría generar hasta el 40% de toda la demanda energética mundial.

Mientras que a la fusión nuclear (“la energía del futuro®“) le quedan siempre 30 años, muchos científicos tratan de solucionar el problema energético mirando a lugares poco investigados. Ahora un equipo de la Penn State han conseguido aprovechar las diferencias de salinidad entre el agua de los ríos y el agua del mar. Y tiene una pinta brutal.