Wired: An AI That Reads Privacy Policies So That You Don’t Have To

Wired: An AI That Reads Privacy Policies So That You Don’t Have To. “Today, researchers at Switzerland’s Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne (EPFL), the University of Wisconsin and the University of Michigan announced the release of Polisis—short for ‘privacy policy analysis’—a new website and browser extension that uses their machine-learning-trained app to automatically read and make sense of any online service’s privacy policy, so you don’t have to.”

Ubergizmo: Facebook Looking To Give Chatbots A ‘Consistent Personality’

Ubergizmo: Facebook Looking To Give Chatbots A ‘Consistent Personality’. “In a recently published paper by researchers at Facebook’s FAIR lab (via The Verge), the researchers are hoping to solve some of the problems with chatbots, such as by giving them a ‘consistent personality’, as well as making them remember conversations that they might have had with you several sentences ago.”

State of Chatbots in 2018: Rapidly Moving into the Mainstream (eWeek)

eWeek: State of Chatbots in 2018: Rapidly Moving into the Mainstream. “By 2020, Gartner estimates that chatbots will be handling 85 percent of customer-service interactions; they are already handling about 30 percent of transactions now. When it comes to hard numbers, Juniper Research projects that by 2022, chatbots will be contributing to more $8 billion in annual cost savings for enterprises. How chatbots actually will be impacting the human workforce in the future is anybody’s guess. Maybe we someday will see chatbots hiring humans to do grunt work for them.”

Quartz: Facebook is shuttering M, its personal assistant aided by AI and humans

Quartz: Facebook is shuttering M, its personal assistant aided by AI and humans. “Facebook is killing a buzzy version of its personal assistant ‘M,’ which was powered by artificial intelligence and real-life humans. The service, which helped people set up appointments and buy things, was available through a Messenger bot—but only to about 2,000 in California people throughout its two-year lifespan.”

Engadget: Talk with the first-ever robot politician on Facebook Messenger

Engadget: Talk with the first-ever robot politician on Facebook Messenger. “Have you often felt that no matter what you asked politicians, they’d automatically reply with a stock response? Now you can address a real robot that plans on running for office — or at least, that’s what its creators intend. SAM is an AI chatbot ‘representing’ New Zealand’s constituents that you can talk with on Facebook Messenger right now.”

The Next Web: These chatbots will answer obvious questions so your bookkeeper won’t have to

The Next Web: These chatbots will answer obvious questions so your bookkeeper won’t have to. “Bookkeepers and accountants have a lot on their plate. Unfortunately, their ability to dedicate their time and efforts to their most important responsibilities is often hindered when they are forced to spend a significant part of their day answering recurring client questions or dealing with mundane tasks like sending invoices or paying bills…. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be this way any longer. The rise of automation — and bookkeeping chatbots, in particular — have made it easier than ever to streamline much of the financially-oriented client communications and other tasks that can sometimes divert your accounting team’s resources.”

TechCrunch: Google’s chatbot analytics platform Chatbase launches to public

TechCrunch: Google’s chatbot analytics platform Chatbase launches to public. “At Google I/O this year, Google quietly introduced a new chatbot analytics platform called Chatbase, a project developed within the company’s internal R&D incubator, Area 120. Today, that platform is being publicly launched to all, after testing with hundreds of early adopters including Ticketmaster, HBO, Keller Williams, Viber, and others.”