Edition 45 - Why a Chatbot is a must have in 2019?

The IoT (Internet of Things) is really growing. The IoT is also contributing to the shift toward more patient-centered healthcare. Connected devices can help patients take more ownership and control over their own care, and it can move the needle toward a more proactive model of healthcare. All of this contributes to better patient outcomes, and when people are healthy, they contribute more to society, and they’re in a better position to happily live their lives.

An international team of over 200 astronomers, including scientists from MIT’s Haystack Observatory, has captured the first direct images of a black hole. They accomplished this remarkable feat by coordinating the power of eight major radio observatories on four continents, to work together as a virtual, Earth-sized telescope. In a series of papers published today in a special issue of Astrophysical Journal Letters, the team has revealed four images of the supermassive black hole at the heart of Messier 87, or M87, a galaxy within the Virgo galaxy cluster, 55 million light years from Earth. All four images show a central dark region surrounded by a ring of light that appears lopsided — brighter on one side than the other.

Creating a product or designing a particular message for people, we strive to make it as human-centered as possible. One of the ways to support effective communication between users and products is by creating a good mascot. Mascot becomes the element of identity and inter-connector between the user and the product. In many cases, a mascot is the basic element of communication and interaction. Therefore in different states, it can become the basic way to deliver the message to the user. Let’s check what its benefits are, how it can support the design of user interfaces and enhance branding. 

For the tech industry, 2019 may be more about laying groundwork than historic breakthroughs. But it should be a busy and exciting year, as key new technologies begin finding their way into real, useful applications.  These tectonic shifts are already creating opportunity and chances for innovation. Venture capital investments on startup companies are on pace to reach $100 billion in 2018, far exceeding 2017’s $82 billion in investments. The big question is which of these opportunity areas will mature in 2019. We asked venture capitalists, tech analysts, and a few entrepreneurs for their thoughts on the subject.

With the explosion of wearable technologies, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, chatbots got impressively wide adoption in 2018. Powered by AI, these intuitive pieces of software are designed specifically to simulate real-life conversations and provide instant customer support. Above all, they keep collecting customer data to “learn” more about their behavior patterns, language, as well as their preferences, problems, and expectations. This way, they can humanize their conversations and provide each customer with highly personalized user experiences.

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