Author: Mariya Yao

WTF Is Artificial Intelligence?!

Think about the smartest person you know. What about this person leads you to describe him or her as incredibly intelligent? Is she a quick thinker, able to internalize and reuse new concepts immediately? Is he highly creative, able to endlessly generate new ideas you’d never think of? Perhaps she’s highly perceptive and can pick out the tiniest details of the world around her. Or maybe he’s deeply empathetic and understands what you’re feeling even before you do.   Computers trounce humans at large-scale computational tasks, but human intelligence spans a much wider spectrum beyond what machines are currently...

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The Machine Intelligence Continuum

This is part two of our WTF IS AI?! series. Read part one on modern AI techniques if you missed it.  If you’re not an AI researcher or engineer, understanding the subtle differences and applications of various machine learning approaches can be challenging. Business problems can usually be solved in multiple ways by different algorithms and the comparative merits of different methodologies might not be obvious without technical experience or practical experiments. To help business executives disentangle the functional differences between different AI approaches, we’ve segmented applications along our Machine Intelligence Continuum (MIC). The MIC represents a continuum from...

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Demystifying ICOs: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

When you say “cryptic”, you mean “mysterious, puzzling or incomprehensible”. For most people, that’s just what cryptocurrencies are — a big question mark that may yet flip the financial world on its head faster than you can say Bitcoin. Already, tech entrepreneurs are using cryptocurrencies and other digital tokens to raise funds for their startups via ICOs (Initial Coin Offering), bypassing the traditional venture capital route founders take to launch new companies. Instead of pitching your clever idea to a panel of venture capitalists or issuing company shares in a public offering, you crowdsource capital by issuing digital tokens...

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Neural Network Generates Fake Startups. Hilarity Ensues.

Top-tier branding agencies can run you $50,000 or more for a project. For bootstrapped entrepreneurs looking for a new name, tagline, and logo for your startups, this pricing can seem nuts. Naming is also a rather contentious affair, requiring you to balance co-founder preferences, customer opinions, and the unpredictable whims of domain squatters who may be hogging your most desired URLs. Often you’ll find yourself creatively blocked and unable to come up with good names that meet everyone’s criteria. But, having a catchy and memorable brand name can make a huge difference in standing out against your competition and potentially...

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From Gloom to Glam: The Evolution Of Facebook Messenger Chatbots

Good things come to those who wait, but sometimes you have to ride out rainstorms to get your rainbows. In 2011, Facebook launched its Messenger platform and people gladly hopped in, forming an active community of around 600 million chatty humans by 2015. In April 2016, the social network opened Messenger to chatbots, conversational software programs driven by algorithmic scripts.  The announcement triggered much hype, but early chatbots bombed in the arena of public perception. Pundits were divided into those who graciously lauded chatbots’ “potential” and those who just couldn’t ignore the disappointing experiences most chatbots delivered. The headlines read “Please,...

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