Author: John Mannes

The Associated Press’ plan to put hyperlocal data in the hands of reporters

 Since 2013, The Associated Press has been making an intentional effort to put data in the hands of local reporters. In the last few years, this meant assisting with Freedom of Information Act requests and putting a team of four engineers to work building visualizations and extracting insights from massive spreadsheets. Today the AP is announcing a partnership with Data.world to equip… Read More

Ozlo releases a suite of APIs to power your next conversational AI

 Building on its promise to give the entrenched a run for their money, conversational AI startup Ozlo is making its meticulously crafted knowledge layer available for purchase today. Ozlo’s new suite of APIs that includes tools for both expressing knowledge and understanding language will help to democratize the creation of conversational AI assistants. In the spirit of the expert systems… Read More

Octane AI boldly bets that Convos are the future of content

 One billion people use Facebook Messenger every month. And no matter how bad the current perceptions of the bot scene are, that number is hard to ignore. Octane AI is counting on celebrity content creators to build conversational experiences that people actually want to have. With its public launch and the rollout of its content creation platform Convos, the Octane team is taking a gamble on… Read More

You can now use Signal for encrypted video calls

 Open Whisper Systems, creator of encrypted communication platform Signal, released an update today as an open beta to enable encrypted video calling. The app previously offered fully end-to-end encrypted chat and voice calling, but the addition of video will make it even easier to convey information without compromising security. The update also promises to improve the existing, somewhat… Read More

Facebook’s AI unlocks the ability to search photos by what’s in them

 Initially used to improve the experience for visually impaired members of the Facebook community, the company’s Lumos computer vision platform is now powering image content search for all users. This means you can now search for images on Facebook with key words that describe the contents of a photo, rather than being limited by tags and captions. To accomplish the task, Facebook… Read More

How Facebook plans to evaluate its quest for generalized artificial intelligence

 One of the biggest misconceptions about artificial intelligence is the belief that today’s AIs possess generalized intelligence. We are really good at leveraging large datasets to accomplish specific tasks, but fall flat at replicating the breath of human intelligence. If we’re going to move towards generalized intelligence, Facebook wants to make sure we know how to… Read More

How Facebook plans to evaluate its quest for generalized artificial intelligence

 One of the biggest misconceptions about artificial intelligence is the belief that today’s AIs possess generalized intelligence. We are really good at leveraging large datasets to accomplish specific tasks, but fall flat at replicating the breath of human intelligence. If we’re going to move towards generalized intelligence, Facebook wants to make sure we know how to… Read More