With so many bot makers and brands seeking monetization opportunities for bots, Telegram releases a major update enabling its users to make payments directly through a bot. E-commerce will likely be the first application, but in-the-moment purchases in the real world are also predicted for future iterations. Telegram is currently working with Stripe to enable payments, but plans to expand to popular platforms in other regions in the future. See the demo on Telegram’s @Shopbot.
Thanks to the efforts of human intelligence, the machines continue growing smarter. In a best-of-three challenge with Google’s AlphaGo on Thursday, grandmaster Ke Jie lost his first match. Prior to AlphaGo besting South Korean champ Lee Sedol last year, experts predicted it would take AI decades to achieve victory over the world’s top player. Keep an eye out for the second round of competition on Saturday. Bonus: Steven Levy reflects on Watson beating champion chess player Garry Kasparov 20 years ago via Backchannel.
Infosys hosted their flagship thought leadership summit in San Francisco this week and found AI to be a primary focus of many enterprise organizations. A Lewis Research study commissioned by Infosys found that of the 1070 IT decision makers polled 91% said the implementation of AI technologies enables businesses processes to flow more efficiently and occur in real time. Of those that had made significant progress in their AI-enabled journey, 98% said they were able to increase sales.
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Did you know Google Cloud’s Chief Scientist of Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning and Baidu’s Technical Chief of Natural Language Processing (NLP) are women? Learn their stories and the stories of 20 additional female AI leaders on how they got their start in artificial intelligence.
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