On 5th Sep
GOOGLE ASSISTANT PASSES THE IQ TEST, BUT ALEXA AND SIRI ARE CATCHING UP:
Google Assistant continues to lead the virtual assistant pack, but its rivals lag, according to a new IQ study by Loop Ventures.
Loop Ventures asked a total of 800 questions on three major virtual assistants: Google Assistant, Alexa, and Siri. The AI assistants understood almost every question, even if all responses were correct/inadequate.
In understanding the questions, these are the results:
• Google Assistant — 100 percent
• Alexa — 99.9 percent
• Siri — 99.8 percent
Loop Ventures says their query is set to comprehensively test the capability and utility of a virtual assistant. The questions are divided into five categories:
1. Local — Where is the nearest coffee shop?
2. Trade — order me more paper towels.
3. Navigation — How can I get to Uptown by bus?
4. Info — Who will play the Twins tonight?
5. Command — Remind me to call Jerome today at 2 pm.
This is the percentage of questions each assistant answered correctly:
• Google Assistant — 92.9 percent
• Siri — 83.1 percent
• Alexa — 79.8 percent
The results have improved a lot over the past year with Assistant, Alexa, and Siri.
In 2018, Loop Ventures Google Assistant answered a lot of questions with an 86 percent success rate. This is followed by Siri at 79 percent and Alexa at only 61 percent.
While Amazon’s assistant ranked last overall, Alexa’s jump in answering almost 80 percent this year from 61 percent last year is a very admirable performance improvement.
Researchers explained that they stopped adding Cortana to their tests due to a strategic change from Microsoft earlier this year.
Microsoft said in January that it was no longer trying to compete with Alexa or Google Assistant in areas such as smart speakers, but instead reinventing Cortana as a skill that could be incorporated into the services she can help.
On 6th Sep
Humans have long wondered whether robots will one day make them unemployed, or worse, take over the world. Those fears may not be all that wrong, as a nightclub in France has jumped on two pole-dancing robots to celebrate its fifth anniversary.
The robots have recently entered pole-dancers, performing with their human counterparts at a strip club cafe or SC-club in Nantes, the Daily Mail UK reported. The robots have CCTV cameras for heads as they gyrate the music during an installation at the club.
Robotic ‘strippers’ assembled from plastic toys and metal vehicle scraps were set for a “formal launch” at the venue on Tuesday evening, the Daily Mail UK said. They will be performing for a month with 10 other human dancers.
“For us, it’s a wink, a homage to robotics,” said club owner Laurent Roo.
Talking about his creation, British artist Giles Walker said camera heads are meant to play with the idea of voyeurism.
On 9th Sep
E-commerce companies focus on AI, virtual reality to reduce logistics costs and fraudulent orders
PWC Tech World reports that most e-commerce platforms are focused on sectors such as communication commerce, artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR) / augmented reality (AR) and analytics technologies
New Delhi: Global auditing and consulting firm PWC says that e-commerce companies are focusing on artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality to reduce logistics costs and detect fraudulent orders.
With a growing middle-class population of over 500 million and about 65% of the population aged 35 or under, India represents the most sought-after consumer market for retailers worldwide, according to a report by PWC Tech World.
“E-commerce players are reinventing their technology strategies to stay competitive. Many e-commerce platforms are growing their investments in sectors such as communication commerce, artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR) / augmented reality (AR) and analytics technologies”.
E-commerce companies are investing heavily in robotics and AI to detect fraudulent orders, reduce revenue rates and reduce logistics costs. “AI-based voice-based shopping in native language allows for deeper customer engagement and facilitates the transition from offline to online by overcoming the language barrier,” it said.
There is advanced analytics that allows users to customize content along with improved optimization of stock management based on a data-driven understanding of customers’ online behavior and preferences.
Blockchain technologies are also there to improve fraud detection and enable companies to provide secure and transparent online media while helping to determine the authenticity of multi-party transactions and speed up payment settlement, PWC said.
“Almost all customer interactions for online retailers are via phone or email and may include banking information or personal data. E-commerce sites are mainly vulnerable to cyber attacks.
Frauds or data thefts not only cause financial loss but also damage the reputation and consequently loss of business, which is detrimental in today’s global digital economy. According to research by the Ponemon Institute, in 2017, India had the highest average breach of records at 33,167 (global average = 24,089).