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Doomed to Fail the Turing Test?

By Maxime Azoulay, CTO
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Should passing the Turing test be
the ultimate goal for AI?

Last week, David Boyle, a British author and journalist, wrote an Op-Ed for the daily newspaper The Guardian recounting his experience as jury member for the Loebner Prize, an annual Turing test competition. Alan Turing was the brilliant English codebreaker of the infamous Nazi Enigma encryption method and inventor of modern computing and artificial intelligence (AI). He famously argued that AI will have reached maturity the day a human being couldn’t tell, in a conversation, whether the other party was a computer or another human. This has come to be known as the Turing test.David Boyle put forth an interesting and somewhat provocative takeaway from his stint as a jury member: artificial intelligence (AI) programs fail the Turing test because they’re too perfect. Read more…

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IoT: Top 3 Challenges Devices Must Overcome

By Tiphaine Coupel, Marketing Manager
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What’s holding back IoT devices from reaching their full potential?

Connected homes, devices that communicate with each other, and even clothing connected to the Internet: these are just some of the exciting opportunities offered by the Internet of Things (IoT), which continues to be a hot topic for analysts, consumers, and businesses. Gartner estimates that there will be 20 million connected devices by 2020. Despite the hype around these devices, there are some systemic challenges that must be overcome before mass adoption. Yes, fitness devices are a growing market, but even with these devices the market has yet to fully take off. The Apple Watch, for example, has struggled to succeed. So what is holding back IoT devices? Read more…

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Artificial Intelligence Impact Study: No Negative Effect From AI

By Arden Manning, SVP Global Marketing
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Stanford’s study provides an optimistic view for the future of AI in the workplace.

For those of us that follow artificial intelligence (AI), we are often bombarded with negative messages about the role of AI. Generally, these messages are either based on a false understanding of AI, thinking that it is some sort of replacement for knowledge workers instead of a tool, or the negativity that comes from Hollywood films. However, once in a while a non-biased academic source publishes research on the role of AI and the future of work. Early this month, Stanford University released an artificial intelligence impact study as part of its One Hundred Year study of Artificial Intelligence. Read more…

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iPhone 7 Release: What Happened to Siri?

By Arden Manning, SVP Global Marketing
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Apple announced new iPhone 7 details,
but Siri’s still the same.

After months of speculation, today Apple CEO Tim Cook released the company’s newest iPhone, the iPhone 7. The device comes with a series of changes, both to the look and feel and the processing power. The new iPhone 7 has the best camera of any iPhone to date and even stereo speakers, but there is one part of the iPhone that hasn’t really gotten much of an upgrade since its inception. I am talking about Siri.

In 2011, Apple launched Siri with a series of star-studded TV commercials of celebrities talking to their phones. But Siri never really lived up to the hype. Many use it as a search engine or (try) and dictate messages when on the go, but it falls short of Apple’s vision for the software. In fact, a 2013 Survey found that 85% of iPhone users have never used Siri and 46% thought Apple oversold Siri’s abilities. However, it is possible to make Siri smarter, more useful, and more interactive today using existing software. Read more…

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The Future of Work: How Automation Continues to Transform

By Arden Manning, SVP Global Marketing
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How is automation reshaping the future of work?

As the summer comes to an end with the Labor Day Weekend, many of our minds are turning back to the workplace, and therefore now is a perfect time to think about its future. In years to come, will we be returning to a very different environment? What tools might we be using and what impact will automation have on our professional lives? As always, it’s not hard to find those with a negative view. It seems that hardly a day goes by without an article saying that Artificial Intelligence and automation will take away jobs. Setting aside that hyperbole, let’s look at the reality behind the headlines. Read more…

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Introducing Multilingual Narrative for Tableau 10

By Arden Manning, SVP Global Marketing
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Narrative for Tableau

Whether you work in finance, retail, marketing, or anywhere across the service sector, chances are you spend a large amount of your day looking at dashboards. While dashboards are a helpful tool, users still need to manually draw insight from the data, which is too expensive, too slow, and can lack consistency depending on the background of the person looking at the data.  However, as we’ve talked about on this blog before, including real-time, written narrative to complement data visualization tools can help improve accuracy, customer satisfaction, and higher margins. By pairing the two together, insight can be drawn with just a click of a button.

This technology is available today.

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Workplace Automation: Making Data Visualization Smarter

By Arden Manning, SVP Global Marketing
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How is the automation of report generation helping to improve data visualizations?

Lately, we’ve been looking at automation in the workplace and how it can fix problems we all face daily. Today, we are going to look at data visualization. The goal of data visualization tools was to make understanding data easier, but more often than not it doesn’t quite go to plan. Read more…

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The Next Industrial Revolution: Automation of Knowledge Work

By Arden Manning, SVP Global Marketing
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Automation isn’t new, so why is everyone talking about Automation of Knowledge Work?

We tend to think of automation and innovation in business as something new, maybe beginning in the last thirty years. While it is true that automation in the service sector is relatively new, automation in manufacturing is much older. There is some argument on the specific date of the beginning of the industrial revolution, but the general consensus is the mid-18th century. Obviously, the means of industrializing and automation were much more limited then, but by the mid-20th century, the manufacturing sector was a leader in the adoption of new technology. Read more…

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A Faster Horse: Top 3 Innovations Businesses Should Adopt but Might Not Know About

By Arden Manning, SVP Global Marketing
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What new technology can help your company take the next step?

Henry Ford famously said, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” When Ford introduced his cars to the U.S. market, this was no doubt true. In innovation, it often seems there is a tipping point where technology becomes ubiquitous. This tipping point is obvious in consumer technology, as you can literally see people using new technology on the street or read about it in the press. But what about in enterprise technology? When businesses find new innovation that gives them a competitive advantage, they don’t want to tell the world about it, nor should they.

This lack of sharing of new ideas is beginning to change with public corporate incubators for start-ups and more, but fundamentally it is not in a company’s interest to share strategic technology advances. The lack of openness can lead to stagnation in productivity as the sector waits for consumer tech to be adopted. However, there are successful use cases publicly available that show successful new innovations in the enterprise today. Read more…

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Chatbots Top 3 Limitations

By Arden Manning, SVP Global Marketing
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Is there an alternative to chatbots?

Chatbots are gaining popularity across the business world, providing a new way for companies to reach out to customers. Since last April, over 11,000 chatbots are available on Facebook Messenger. Companies from Barbie to the Washington Post are looking to capitalize on this new method of communicating. But do chatbots add value to Customer Experience? Read more…