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Google and IBM vs Alexa - The Competition for Voice-Enabled Virtual Assistants Intensifies

Google and IBM vs Alexa – The Competition for Voice-Enabled Virtual Assistants Intensifies

Oppenheimer analyst Andrew Uerkwitz estimated that between 10 million to 12 million Alexa and Google Home devices were sold over the holidays. With RBC Capital Markets predicting $10 billion in revenue for Alexa by...
The Impact of AI - Key Takeaways from PwC's Latest Report on AI

The Impact of AI – Key Takeaways from PwC’s Latest Report on AI

The global impact and potential of artificial intelligence (AI), an emerging technology that includes digital assistants, chatbots and machine learning — but can also extend far beyond those basic forms — is rapidly developing. Taking...
Chatbots that Detect and Convey Emotion

Chatbots that Detect and Convey Emotion

From voice-enabled chatbots like Alexa and Google Home to native bots living on Facebook Messenger or Slack, we’ve become accustomed to holding a basic conversation with chatbots. But one of the most cited shortcomings...
The Best Adblocker - Using Artificial Intelligence to Perfectly Block Ads

The Best Adblocker – Using Artificial Intelligence to Perfectly Block Ads

Ever since Google figured out a way to monetize an internet business via ads, it’s become the go-to monetization strategy for most internet companies. But as ads began to clutter websites, developers fought back...
March Madness IoT

March Madness or Hoop Genius? You Make the Call

I hang out with several die-hard college hoop fans and former players that have an extra bounce in their collective steps this time of year. For most of them, it doesn’t get any better...

Bringing Magic into the Real World

IoT AND Zelda?!? The Legend Zelda: Ocarina of Time has a special place in my heart. It was the first video game I ever owned, a gift from my parents when I learned how to read. As...
Smart Meters

Smart Meters – Significant Inaccuracies Discovered

The University of Twente Enschede (UT) released a study earlier this month in collaboration with the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) which revealed that some types of smart energy meters were consistently generating...

Disney is Chasing After Nikola Tesla’s Dream

In the 1890s, Nikola Tesla had a vision for wireless power transfer. 120 years later, we still don’t have wireless charging figured out, other than those charging pads for smart phones and electric toothbrushes....
We Chat Illustration

Trends in China & Lessons from WeChat

In the past, we’ve featured several a16z summit series presentations in Last Week in the Future (see 16 Questions About Self-Driving Cars by Frank Chen or Mobile is Eating the World by Benedict Evans)....
IoT User Experience In Desperate Need of a Makeover

IoT User Experience In Desperate Need of a Makeover

To understand why the IoT user experience for most dashboards looks like it was designed in the dark ages of the internet (also known as the dot.com bubble), we have to dive into the history of...