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By Ron Schmelzer  |  June 21, 2018Columnist Ron Schmelzer is Senior Analyst and Founder at Cognilytica The recent demonstration of Google Duplex by CEO Sundar Pichai has grabbed the world's attention. The demo shows a pre-recorded, and supposedly realtime, interaction between an experimental Google voice assistant, called Google Duplex, interacting with a receptionist at a hair salon and having a back-and-forth conversation to book an appointment. Other demos linked on the Google Duplex blog page show…

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By Ron Schmelzer  |  May 25, 2018Columnist Ron Schmelzer is Senior Analyst and Founder at Cognilytica Ever since the launch of Amazon’s Echo device in 2014, its seems that every month brings a new development in dedicated devices that process voice commands and perform actions. However, what exactly are these devices? The popular media calls them “smart speakers” or “voice assistants” or “intelligent personal assistants”, but these words describe very different concepts. A smart speaker conjures up a…

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  By Terrence Mills  |  March 7, 2018  |  Source: Forbes    Artificial intelligence might conjure images of a robotic Haley Joel Osment in Spielberg's film AI, or it may make you think of Data from Star Trek. Yet the impact of artificial intelligence in everyday life is more understated and far-reaching than science fiction might suggest. Artificial intelligence has the potential to offer $15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030. You already encounter it every day. Think of all those times Amazon…

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Original COGNITIVE WORLD publication date May, 2017 We all chafe against the brittleness of SIRI, Alexa, Google… every day.  They’re so incredibly useful and yet so incredibly… well, stupid, at the same time.  For instance: Me to Google: How tall was the President of the United States when Donald Trump was born? Google to me: 37 million hits, none of which (okay, I didn’t really read through all of them) tell me the answer.  Almost all of them tell me that the Donald was born on June 14, 1946. Me to…