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In a Google thought experiment titled “The Selfish Ledger,” a digital profile, or ledger, records a person’s habits and routines over time, learning their preferences and nudging them to make certain choices. It seems ripped from the pages of science fiction, but artificial intelligence startup Neura quietly built a platform
that’s not far off.
It’s called True Personas, and it taps a well of device data to create highly personalised experiences in apps. “We developed real world-based personas to enable companies to better serve their customers,” Ori Shaashua, head of product and cofounder at Neura, explained. “[We’re able to understand] how users engage with a service at a particular moment in their day.”
Have you ever wanted to have a real conversation with a chatbot and not just shout basic commands at it? Well now you can with Hugging Face, a social AI chatbot that has meaningful conversation with users. The concept was developed by focusing on how social and entertainment use cases can be applied to machine learning.
AlleyWatch spoke with Cofounder and CEO Clement Delangue to learn about the need for social AI the company’s future plans, and the company’s latest round of funding, which brings its total funding raised to $5.3M over two funding rounds for the startup founded in 2016.
Researchers gathered more than 1,200 exchanges from the discussion sections of Wikipedia Talk pages. They went through and labeled different “linguistic cues” in the conversations, including attempts at politeness, like using “please” and “thanks,” or other phrases suggesting that debate was welcome, like “I believe” or “I think.” Using the tagged threads, they then trained a system to predict from the first comment if a conversation was going to go south.
Results: Humans were successful about 72 percent of the time at the task, compared with 61.6 percent for the algorithm. Not great, but the work uncovered some trends. For example, comments that have direct questions or start with the word “you” are signals that the conversation will end up getting heated.
At an event in Paris, the CEOs of Microsoft and Publicis unveiled Marcel, a new platform comprised of multiple apps using AI, social networking mechanics, voice recognition, predictive analytics and more aimed at getting Publicis’ 80,000 employees to be more productive and work together better.
The first three apps on Marcel — named after Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet, the founder of Publicis who had an interesting second career as a fighter in the French Resistance — will be Daily Six, Expert Match and Open Brief, with plans to add more apps over time, CEO and chairman Arthur Sadoun said in an interview this week. They’ve been trialled so far with 100 employees and will be rolling out more widely, with an aim of having its whole staff connected in 18 months.
Reltio, a company that serves enterprises with data-powered insights and recommendations via a cloud-based platform, has raised $45 million in a series D round of funding led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA), with participation from Sapphire Ventures, Crosslink Capital, and .406 Ventures.
Founded in 2011, Reltio’s “self-learning” platform takes company data from multiple sources, such as social media, internal transactions, and digital interactions, then combines these myriad datasets to create new applications and help firms garner a more holistic view across all of their data. Analyzing data from across the company’s sales and marketing teams can better predict where there may be new leads, for example, with Reltio suggesting recommended actions.
“My husband and I would joke and say I’d bet these devices are listening to what we’re saying,” said Danielle, who did not want us to use her last name. Every room in her family home was wired with the Amazon devices to control her home’s heat, lights and security system. But Danielle said two weeks ago their love for Alexa changed with an alarming phone call. “The person on the other line said, ‘unplug your Alexa devices right now,'” she said. “‘You’re being hacked.'”
Danielle says she unplugged all the devices, and she repeatedly called Amazon. She says an Alexa engineer investigated. “They said ‘our engineers went through your logs, and they saw exactly what you told us, they saw exactly what you said happened, and we’re sorry.’ He apologised like 15 times in a matter of 30 minutes and he said we really appreciate you bringing this to our attention, this is something we need to fix!”
The Estonian government announced in March that it would offer free genetic testing to 100,000 citizens as a part of its national personalised medicine program. The participants will donate blood samples to the Estonian biobank, which will conduct a genome-wide genotyping and alert those among them who are likely to suffer from conditions like cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and breast cancer.
The Estonian biobank has created a disease prediction algorithm based on the data — which has
already proven to be fairly capable — but the additional 100,000 samples from the new participants will be used to develop it even further.