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Talk UX 2018 Recap

Talk UX is an annual design and technology conference hosted by Ladies that UX Boston (LTUX). LTUX is a global organization that has created an international community of supportive and inspiring women in design and technology.
This year’s conference was held at the beautiful Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School. There were roughly 500 people following a single stream of presentations and discussion panels by women in leadership. UX leaders, designers and researchers as well as professionals not actively working in UX attended this event.

The Talks
 
Building Bridges Through UX Research
Laura Granka – Director of UX Google
Slides | Video
Laura described some methods that Google uses to stay true to their user-centered strategy. One method she talked about was Google’s immersion studies, in which product teams go to the users. Per Laura’s suggestion, Google fashioned a 15 passenger van into a usability lab to…

Chatbots Get One Step Closer to Direct to Consumer with Google’s Adlingo

By now it should be readily apparent that Chatbots have become the new normal when it comes to must-have technologies for companies. From customer service to retail, Chatbots have been saturating every aspect of our business. One such area that has seen a huge uptick in activity has been in the area of digital advertising.
Companies such as Revlon and Coca-Cola have been tapping into the power of Chatbots in order to help create campaigns around new products. The advantages of this type of campaign are that companies are able to extract much more data from the consumer by utilizing a chat-like interface. This opens the door to a whole new area of analytics with things like keyword extraction and sentiment analysis. In addition, Chatbots are able to pivot the conversation around specific things that the consumer has said and thus…

Three Reasons Chatbots are Transforming the Automotive Industry

We’ve partnered with our client, Valassis Digital, to produce a Webinar this Thursday (9/20) in an effort to highlight the successes Chatbots have created for their clients. 
Valassis, a digital advertising agency, commissioned our AI team to build a Bot that can be replicated quickly, and at scale,  crossing the many industries they work with.  These bots have been padding their customers sales pipelines and have been credited specifically with a record sales month, in one instance!
Take a look at this article on ‘3 Reasons Chatbots are Transforming the Automotive Industry’ and then tune in on Thursday to see and hear about some of these use cases yourself.
By Robin Shapiro, Strategy Development, Valassis Digital
Published Wednesday, Aug 1, 2018

It is no surprise that today’s consumers are increasingly engaging in chat and messenger apps. A recent survey reports that 89 percent of consumers…

Augmented Reality Bots: Revolutionizing the Way the Fashion Industry Meets the Public Consumer

Imagine a way shoppers and consumers could virtually try on clothing, accessories and even make-up to ensure what they are getting is right for them. Thereby saving them wasted time, money and effort returning products they don’t like or even letting them sit idle; specifically eyeglass wear!

With the technology of Augmented Reality incorporated into a Chatbot, there is a new way to shop using Augmented Reality technology, being able to change between outfits and makeup products are now becoming a reality. The development of AR in products and apps is revolutionizing the way we shop by helping consumers ‘try on’ various outfits and products before even stepping foot into the store.
Tallan has developed such bots to run several extremely effective campaigns for large fashion industry clients like Revlon. Tallan’s Chatbot technology solutions enabled these fashion industry leaders to quickly deploy…

Facebook AR Studio – How to: Use tap gestures to change effect materials

Introduction
Recently I was given the opportunity to spend some time playing with Facebook’s awesome AR (Augmented Reality) Studio. I worked through Facebook’s quick start tutorial and created a mustache effect in no time. Immediately I was hooked, it was all so easy to use. AR Studio does the heavy lifting for the face tracking, so really all you need is a texture to make your first filter. So after the first and second basic filter, I wanted to make something more dynamic, I wanted to change the filter on tap, and suddenly my progress screamed to a halt. All of a sudden the documentation and instructions lacked what I needed. I looked through the tutorials and found out how to add scripts, but not how to change materials, or bind the events to specific objects. After hours of experimentation I…

Smart Chatbots are Relegating the FAQs Page to History

Whether you call them conversational agents, dialog systems, or chatbots, AI-powered bots that can hold human-like conversations are seeping into our everyday lives.
Chatbots work well in a structured environment with a predetermined dataset. Answering simple questions, for example, would be a task a chatbot could excel at. Which is why chatbots are now replacing the Frequently Asked Questions page on websites.
Here’s what you need to know about how these chatbots work and why you might never see a traditional FAQ page again:
Why Q&A?
Chatbots can be either retrieval-based or generative, which means they can either retrieve data from a predetermined dataset or generate new responses from scratch. These bots can also be open or closed domain, depending on whether the user can take the conversation anywhere and still expect a reply or whether a user needs to stick to a narrow…

Microsoft is Teaching Systems to Read, Answer and Even Ask Questions

From left, Rangan Majumder, Yi-Min Wang and Jianfeng Gao on Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington, campus. Photo by Dan DeLong.
Microsoft researchers have already created technology that can do two difficult tasks about as well as a person: identify images and recognize words in a conversation.
Now, the company’s leading AI experts are working on systems that can do something even more complex: Read passages of text and answer questions about them.
“We’re trying to develop what we call a literate machine: A machine that can read text, understand text and then learn how to communicate, whether it’s written or orally,” said Kaheer Suleman, the co-founder of Maluuba, a Quebec-based deep learning startup that Microsoft acquired earlier this year.
The Maluuba team is one of several groups at Microsoft that are tackling the challenge of machine reading. Two other research teams, one at the company’s Redmond, Washington, headquarters and the…

Have a Question About Chatbots? We have the answers.

Hundreds of interested technologists, marketers, customer service professionals and AI enthusiasts joined Tallan and Pluralsight for an informative webinar – “Chatbot Technology: The Innovative Enterprise Solution, hosted by Tallan’s very own Matt Kruczek. During that webinar one thing became very clear – chatbots are hot! Beyond the buzzwords, everyone wants to know how they can implement chatbots to benefit their business, and they came prepared with a number of questions. So we narrowed down the list to the most common, burning questions and answered them here for you!
 
With more people using Chatbots to make purchases, are you seeing (or anticipating) a backlash in consumer trust with the risk of hacks or security breaches?
There is always going to be an element of apprehension when it comes to utilizing any type of new service involving online payments.  However, from a technology standpoint it’s…

Microsoft Reinforces AI Vision at London Event

Microsoft’s vision for AI (artificial intelligence) is about people. It’s about amplifying human ingenuity through intelligent technology that will reason with, understand and interact with people and, together with people, help us solve some of society’s most fundamental challenges. This was the message shared on July 12 at an event in London by Harry Shum, Executive Vice-President of Microsoft’s AI and Research Group.
The event was attended by scientists, technology experts and journalists, who gathered to learn more about Microsoft’s AI intentions from Shum and other Microsoft executives, including Eric Horvitz, Technical Fellow and Director at Microsoft Research Labs, Chris Bishop, Technical Fellow and Laboratory Director at Microsoft Research Cambridge, and Emma Williams, General Manager at Bing.
During the discussion, a number of announcements were made that further reinforced Microsoft’s focus on AI, including a new program that will make technology available to those working to…

Bot Framework at Microsoft Build 2017

New Channels, New Docs, New Ways to Make Great Bots
On May 10th, Microsoft announced numerous updates to the Bot Framework designed to help developers make great conversationalists.

1 New Channels
Three new channels are available today, increasing your bot’s reach to even more of the Microsoft audience, as well as people engaged in many of the world’s most popular messaging experiences.

The Cortana channel enables you to extend Cortana by authoring Skills. Visit the Cortana developer portal to learn how to add your skills to Cortana.
The Bing channel allows users to discover and chat with your bot directly in the Bing search result page. Bing bots are authored using the Bot Framework and connected via the Bing channel. The Bing Bot development experience allows bot developers to publish their bots to Bing, where they appear in the Bing Bots Rich Answer. Users will…

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