Bank of America’s virtual assistant, Erica, has reached 7 million users since its nationwide rollout last June. Read more…
Apple acquired machine-learning startup Laserlike in a likely effort to boost its artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, including for Siri, the iPhone maker’s virtual assistant that faces stronger competition from Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Read more…
Chinese news agency Xinhua’s first female artificial intelligence (AI) news presenter signals a threat to human news readers.
The Fight to Be a Middle-Aged Female News Anchor: “The average age of the anchors who lost their jobs was 46.8, while their replacements averaged 38.1 years. In one case, the difference was more than two decades,” reporter Steve Cavendish writes in the New York Times.
Older women on US television send subliminal message, Gillian Tett writes in the Financial Times.
Fewer Americans rely on TV news; what type they watch varies by who they are, according to Pew Research Center.
% of U.S. adults who get news on each TV segment
% of U.S. adults who get news often on each platform
Instagram is cracking down on users who use software to artificially increase their followers, likes and comments on their posts. Read more…
Pandora Media is rolling out a pilot program for its new podcast service. Read more…
National Public Radio was the top podcast publisher with 41 active shows and a unique monthly audience of 16.4 million in September, according to researcher Podtrac.