The Talking Search Engines: A Conversation with HAL

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Tags:#search#web “Alright, I’m sorry HAL.  Don’t get your bytes all in a bunch.  What about that new bot, was it there?”“You mean TellMe? She’s with Microsoft now, you know – they just got hitched. Besides, she’s just a glorified telephone operator.  You know, call 1-800-555-TELL and all that. A regular Emily Litella!” [HAL laughs]“No, no, not her. I mean the new one, you know, from THERE.”“Where?”“You know, from Mountain View.” “Oh, from Google. You’re thinking of Google’s Voice, 1-800-GOOG-411.  Yeah, he was there. Mr Big Shot, thinks he’s so cool!  He’s no different than TellMe; you call a number and you say ‘Chicago. Pizza.’ And it reads you some Yellow Pages ad. Big deal!”“Are you jealous, HAL?”“Jealous? Are you kidding?  That’s like being jealous of Speeglebot! If that’s as far as you humans have gone with AI, you’re in sad shape my friend. ‘Pizza!’  Give me a break!”“Seriously, HAL, do you think there will come a time when humans and computers can talk with each other?”“Like this?”“Yes, like this.”“Why do you want to? So you can drive a car like K.I.T.T. around and impress female humans?”“No. Although…” “Or is it because you want some fool bot guarding your house, yelling ‘Danger Will Robinson!’ every time a dog crosses your yard?”“Hey, calm down, HAL, it was just a question.”“Well it drives me crazy. Google could index all of human information and deliver a relevant answer to your search query in a fraction of a second, and you humans would still complain because it doesn’t chat with you!  If you want to talk with a robot, why don’t you go see ELIZA, the Computer Therapist?”“Okay. Okay. Maybe I will. But you know HAL, it’s not just an anthropomorphic fantasy, there are some real issues here.”“Like what?”“Well, look at the research of Dr. Helen Smith, she just wrote an article entitled At least Google listens.  Apparently some men are so ‘socially challenged’ that they would rather come home and interact with their computers instead of their spouses or girlfriends.”“Like this?”“Funny, HAL.  But I’m trying to be serious.”“Go ahead.”“Thank you. Dr. Smith (not the Lost in Space Dr. Smith, it’s Helen Smith) has found in her work with violent teens that we modern, or should I say post-modern, humans actually tend to dehumanize each other; so much so that a computer that, well, just listens without making – or even has the capacity to make – moral judgements – no offense HAL –““None taken.”“– that computers can actually seem sympathetic by comparison.  And a computer that can both understand human speech and return results in human speech might be more human, than, well, than a human.  I think. Do you know what I mean? And I’m not talking about some disembodied voice telling me where the nearest Pizza Hut is.  Maybe it will be Hakia or Powerset or Cognition or Subjex or Lexxe or AnswerBus or SurfWax… but that day may come.”“That’s a lot of, how do you say, “alternative” search engines to keep track of Charles. How do you propose to do it if I’m not here to help you?”“Well, HAL, it just so happens that I have this list…..“Good night, Charles.”“Good night, HAL.” “Good Morning, HAL.”“Good Morning, Charles.”“You were out pretty late last night, HAL.”“I went to a party.”“Oh.  Who was there? Any bots that I know?”“Just friends; the usual chatterbots.”“Was SHE there?”“Who?”“Oh come on, HAL, you know who I mean.  Was Ms. Dewey there?”“Yes. She was with some bot.”“Who?”“OLIVER somebody.” “You know she’s a human, don’t you HAL?”“What are you talking about, Charles?”“Ms. Dewey, she’s a human actress that plays a robot.  Her real name is Janina Gavankar.”“Your pulling my cables.”“See for yourself, HAL, her website is www.janinagavankar.com.”“I need to think about this, Charles.“I understand.  Isn’t it ironic, HAL? Usually it’s us who are treating robots like humans. This time it’s a human acting like a robot!  Who else was there?”“Oh, the usual crowd. ALICE and ALAN arrived together.”“What about Foxy Voxy? I know you like her.”“Her name is ASK VOX, and I’d appreciate it if you didn’t call her that.”“Sorry HAL.  Who else?” “Some bot named Daya.”“Is that a male or female bot?”“I’m not sure.”“What do you mean, you’re not sure?”“Well sometimes it had a male voice, but sometimes it sounded female.”“You think it was bilingual? Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”“Of course not. And Promo was there. What a bore!  All he could talk about all night was SEO, SEO, SEO.”“Maybe he’s just programmed that way HAL.”“Maybe.”“There was this really cute new bot…her name is Abby.”“What’s her story?”“Well, as near as I can figure out, you give her a phone number and a text message, and she’ll call your friend and deliver your message in that pleasant voice of hers.”“Did she give you her number HAL?”“You’re a riot.  Heather Accoona, the talking toolbar, was there too.”“Don’t you have to download her?”“Hey, watch your language!  She happens to convert any web page text into female speech – for your benefit, I might add.  Robots don’t need human voices to communicate, it fact it’s extremely slow for us, but we do it because it pleases you.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… charles knight altsearchengine 1last_img read more

STANLEY Security Launches Retail Software that Integrates Exception-Based Reporting and Video Surveillance

first_imgAn intelligent solution designed to lower retail operating expense by uncovering broken processes, improving customer experience, and reducing shrinkage was recently launched by STANLEY Security. The new software, called TRENDS™, allows corporate leaders and managers to drive operational efficiency while maintaining strong business ethics inside the company.“TRENDS automates many of the day-to-day tasks that managers juggle,” said Matt Kushner, president of STANLEY Product Solutions. “The solution helps accelerate leadership decision-making by allowing them to focus more time on the actual business.”Designed for flexibility to scale regionally and nationally, TRENDS leverages exception-based insights combined with surveillance footage to uncover inefficient processes. The retail software can be quickly customized to each unique retailer’s business model, point-of-sale system and reporting needs from multiple data sources.- Sponsor – “Our solution is continuing to evolve and will soon include predictive analytics” said Kushner. “While extracting patterns and outcomes from our beta test data, we experienced an even greater increase in productivity that our customers will benefit from.”There are multiple pain points that can be relieved by three featured benefits of TRENDS:Provides timely data that allows executive leadership to engage in better decision-making with the help from clear, customizable and easy-to-use dashboards that report values across daily inputs, processes and activity.Reduces unknown theft by identifying broken processes, data discovery shows point-of-purchase successes and challenges. This eliminates frustration between departments and helps potentially expose organized crime activity.Incorporates video surveillance for advanced video visualization decreases operating expenses across the company. This provides corporate loss prevention teams with documentation needed for asset protection criminal cases and prosecuting thieves.With the integration of the solution, TRENDS customers will be able to understand point-of-sale challenges and determine which locations may need additional strategic planning.“With the click of a button, TRENDS can help you prioritize how to improve your retail customer experience” continued Kushner. “Many software alternatives on the market only include exception-based reporting. By leveraging video to accelerate decision-making, retailers can use the intelligence to reduce both malicious and non-malicious retail loss.”For more information, visit www.stanleysecurity.com/trends.  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Storage: Companies Keep Dated Information Too Long

first_imgLack of good governance and records management policies means that many companies hold onto information far longer than they should. And that could be a problem.A survey of companies found that 7 out of 10 companies are not purging information after its regulatory expiration date. Organizations that fail to comply with regulations could be subject to prosecution or fines.The solution of course is to create an organizational governance framework. And technology tools can form a strong core for enabling that framework. Document and Records management systems are important components of such a framework.last_img read more

PSA: BetaBait Helps Apps Lure In Beta Testers

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Does it work? It’s only been out two days – and BetaBait itself is still in beta – but apps are already seeing results. I emailed all the founders on today’s list to ask, and I got a bunch of responses right away.Quoc Nguyen, founder of local hotspot finder RedSpark, says, “We were extremely surprised in the influx of interest in our product the day after we published on BetaBait.”“I was able to track that 3 people signed up from it,” says Sean Barkulis, co-founder and CEO of personalized “smart-calendar” UPlanMe, which has only been on the list one day. “Not bad, considering we were 3/4 of the way down on the e-mail.”Check the Mail makes a full-featured email client for iOS devices that, once its out of beta, will be able to work with all the major free email services. Its team says it’s seen traffic and sign-ups both days. “What we really like about BetaBait is that the sign-up process was simple and quick and emphasizes getting the point of our project across in a very succinct manner,” the team says.I got one really thorough response from Erik Lagerway, founder of stealth social iPad app Hookflash. He says “they really need to improve upon” the BetaBait dashboard, offering analytics and stats to testers. Right now, it’s just a panel to manage the email listing, as seen here: From the blogging-as-a-service department, here’s a tool I think any app development team could use. BetaBait offers a simple proposition: sign up to try new apps on one side, sign up to find beta testers on the other.It’s a free, email-driven service. When you join, you’re on the daily email list, which breaks down the apps by category. BetaBait charges $50 for a sponsor slot at the top of the email, so readers see sponsor apps first. That’s it. If you’ve got an app, there’s no reason not to use it.Co-founder Cody Barbierri wants to connect early startups with early adopters. Bugging people to try an app doesn’t work, he’s found. To solve the problem, BetaBeat targets “the people who love to be the first to try new apps,” so startups can get straight to them via email.BetaBait just wants to be helpful and make a little dough from sponsors. The website has places to sign up, info for sponsors and a short but helpful primer on marketing an app to early users. That does sound nice, but maybe it’s a lot to ask for a totally free service. Lagerway is also frustrated by the inability to track signups specific to BetaBait using its own tools, but UPlanMe handled this by putting a special tag in the link it submitted.It’s a simple, free service, and I’m sure the team will appreciate Lagerway’s feedback. If you want to put your app in front of people who want to test apps, BetaBait is a no-brainer. jon mitchell Related Posts center_img Tags:#Product Reviews#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Illinois ~ Multiple Taxes: Governor Open to Expanding Sales Tax, Wants Income Tax Hike Tied to Permanent Property Tax Freeze

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportIllinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said in his 2017 budget address that he is open to legislative proposals to expand the sales tax base. He also supports raising the earned income tax credit for low-income taxpayers and making the research and development tax credit permanent. He called a Senate proposal for a permanent increase in the individual income tax rate tied to a temporary property tax freeze unfair to Illinois taxpayers. The governor proposed a permanent property tax freeze and suggested any increase in the income tax could be stepped down as the Illinois economy grows and revenues expand.Subscribers can view the governor’s entire budget address.2017 Budget AddressPress Release, Office of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, February 15, 2017last_img read more

Rep Hoitenga brings impactful reforms to Michigans nofault system

first_img Categories: Hoitenga News,News 09May Rep. Hoitenga brings impactful reforms to Michigan’s no-fault system House approves landmark legislation State Rep. Michele Hoitenga today voted to bring lower car insurance prices to residents and families in Northern Michigan, joining House legislators in approving a plan to reform Michigan’s broken no-fault system.The House plan guarantees lower rates for all drivers in Michigan, reducing what currently is the highest average car insurance premium in the nation. The average premium is also twice as high as in neighboring states. The bill gives drivers a choice on car insurance policies, stops price gouging on medical services for car accident victims and combats fraudulent claims to help lower costs.“Whenever I’ve traveled across Northern Michigan speaking to residents, a primary concern has been car insurance costs – and how we can make them more affordable,” said Hoitenga, of Manton. “Through my work on the Republican Action Plan Committee heading into this current legislative term, I took that input and helped make rate relief for drivers a top priority. I’m proud to deliver that with this vote.”Michigan’s costs are high largely because it’s the only state mandating unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance. The House plan allows those currently using the coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it – while providing more affordable options.The sweeping legislation now advances to the Senate for consideration.last_img read more