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By Sanjit Dang, Ph.D.  |  June 15, 2018  Dr. Sanjit Dang is an investment director at Intel Capital Every year, Time magazine gets swamped with pitches from thousands of companies, all convinced their product deserves to be included in Time’s “25 Best Inventions” list. This past December, the magazine reserved its cover for a Pixar-like, 11-inch armless robot named Jibo. Jibo — a so-called “social robot” — is just the latest example of a clear phenomenon: A new generation of exponentially more…

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By Sanjit Dang, Ph.D.  |  Jan 1, 2018   When it comes to virtual reality, we’re in a classic tech-industry moment: lots of chatter but seemingly little movement. We hear future-focused cheerleading from all corners about VR’s incredible potential, yet the 6.3 million headsets shipped last year is hardly cause for a ticker-tape parade. So what’s holding back VR? The nature of the technology, for starters. VR is not a tweak to an existing platform; it is a tectonic shift in how we interact with…

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What’s really happening right now with chatbots Image Credit: Shutterstock.com/BlurryMe Source: Originally published in Venture Beat By Sanjit Dang June 3, 2017   One night in Corvallis, with the Oregon State basketball team heading to its 14th straight loss of its season, the talk around the hotel bar moved from the television screen to a far different form of communication — chatbots. No one used that word, of course. But the technology took front and center in a conversation about Alexa, the…