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Virtually Speaking

Speech Is Not The Most Natural Interface

Five problems you'll face with conversational AI interfaces for Chatbots, IVRs and virtual agents.

AI, Machine Learning, NLU and You

Don't give a hoot about the buzz words--AI, NLU, NLP. If you want to achieve business impact with your Chatbot or IVR, you need to think differently.

Evaluating the IVA Experience, Part I: Human-Driven Evaluation

When designing a conversational A.I. experience, striking a balance between your business goals and your customers’ expectations isn’t always an easy task. But with careful analysis, you’ll find that

Microsoft’s Tay and the Catch-22 of Rigid Boundaries

Microsoft’s recent test of a “chatbot’s” ability to learn through conversation with the public produced results that were, to put it mildly, unexpected. As it turns out, human oversight may not be eff

A Virtual Assistant Doesn’t Just Answer, It Listens

You can’t afford to make assumptions about your customers – instead, listen and learn. To effectively serve your customers, an intelligent virtual assistant needs to listen and learn, too.

Do Not Pass Go: Deploying IVAs in the Calculated Enterprise

The age of A.I. based, conversational customer service is here – and your customers are interacting with a greater number of enterprise-grade intelligent assistants every day. But before shopping for

Scaling Your Workforce in the Information Age

Siri and Cortana may be helping consumers find the best Thai restaurant more effectively, but will businesses trust the same kind of technology to help them make better decisions?

AI Strategy: Why Every Enterprise Needs One

Domain-specific AI is being put to work for more and more of today's leading organizations. Whether it's for improving UX on a website, helping a CSR navigate internal systems or scaling human-resourc

A.I. in the Movies: Ex Machina

Next IT Interactive Graphic Designer Gary Bailey recently spent a night at the movies. Here’s his take on the similarities between the A.I. showcased in “Ex Machina” and Next IT’s virtual assistants.

Virtual Agent Personality: The Other Responsive Design

From Alan Turing’s proposal of an “imitation game” to determine artificial intelligence to the 21st century’s proliferation of intelligent virtual assistants and chatterbots, the tactics surrounding h