Software

XiaoIce: When a chatbot chat moves up to human-sounding flow

Do this, do that. Talking with voice assistants is not like talking to humans and, as helpful as it is to be near the technology, we know the difference. A surprising turn has materialized, however, and it is in the form ...

Robotics

Improbotics: Bringing machine intelligence into improvised theatre

An unconventional company called HumanMachine has recently devised a unique theatre production called Improbotics, which involves both human performers and machines. This is the latest of a series of projects and initiatives ...

Computer Sciences

Proposed framework for integrating chatbots into health care

While the technology for developing artificial intelligence-powered chatbots has existed for some time, a new viewpoint piece in JAMA lays out the clinical, ethical, and legal aspects that must be considered before applying ...

Hi Tech & Innovation

A real conversation piece: Social chatbot in China does phone talk

The voice is sweet, youthful but not childish, just vibrant enough to hit all the marks of a call from a good friend who can listen and react. It is not the voice of a human. It is a chatbot to be exact. And oh, it can chat. ...

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