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Artificial intelligence isn't just for scary algorithms poised to take over our lives — it can also be a fun thing to play with, as we learned when we trained a computer to generate Lifehacker headlines. But you can't play until you have some good data sets to start with.
At the opening of Google's I/O event, the company showed off their new AI tool. In the demonstration, someone told the Google Assistant they wanted to book an appointment. Google found the hairdresser and then phoned them, holding a natural language conversation with a person to make the appointment and add it to a calendar. The party on the other end of the phone didn't know they were talking to a computer (so we're told). This opens up an interesting future.
Millions of Twitter users are actually fraudulent bots, sold to real Twitter users (including many celebrities and media personalities) to inflate their stats and make them look more influential. Last week the New York Times investigated one of the most influential bot sellers and called up their celebrity clients. In the fallout, the Chicago Sun-Times suspended film critic Richard Roeper for a couple of days.
I like to spend my one wild and precious life arguing with strangers in Twitter reply threads. But I want them to be real strangers, not bots, spammers or fake identities. I don't want to waste any of my overwrought insults and smug dunks on a fake account. And since bots make up 15 per cent of Twitter users, that can take some research.
Facebook's annual F8 developer conference is in progress, in San Jose, with the social media giant spreading its wings further with a bunch of new business and enterprise products and features announced. While bots aren't new to Messenger, they will be easier to find. And Workplace, Facebook's business collaboration platform, will come with a free mode.
While AI and bots have been successful in automating some of the more mundane and repetitive tasks in workplaces, many people have felt creative jobs were outside the capability of AI. But ad agency McCann Japan has created a bot that was able to direct a TV commercial - and beat human professionals.
Over the past two decades, the world wide web has massively changed the way we live, communicate and do business. The internet is responsible for trillions of dollars in direct and indirect revenue annually and its importance will only continue to grow. This infographic from Hosting Facts is a fascinating compendium of internet facts and statistics from across the globe; from the country with the highest internet penetration (Bermuda) to the number of active Facebook users in the world (lots).
The internet-enabled fridge is a concept we've been mocking for decades, but modern homes are filled with appliances and gadgets that are net-connected, from TVs to routers. And just like computers, those device can be hacked and exploited to create spam-sending botnets and launch denial-of-service attacks.