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Here’s What You Need to Know About Conversational AI

Have you ever stopped to think about how inefficient everyday communication can be? I was stuck on hold with my internet provider recently, and not only had to wait, but also give the same information to multiple representatives. Eventually I got disconnected and — you guessed it — had to star ...

Episode 70: Using Psychology to Help Machines Better Understand Our Words

In the not too distant future, talking machines will become a part of our everyday life. After all, we’re already talking to Siri, Google Home, and Amazon Alexa. Before we know it, those conversations will extend to other things too. Of course, in order for people to really trust machines, there ...

Episode 69: Bug Bounties, Penetration Testing and Keeping Your Business Safe with Christie Terrill

How does your company think about security? Have you adopted basic security hygiene practices like running off-the-shelf software to scan your code for vulnerabilities, or have you moved beyond that and begun to explore bug bounties and penetration testing? In this episode, Jon Prial talks with Chr ...

Hootsuite announces deeper integration with Instagram

Social media platform Hootsuite has announced an upgrade of capabilities which will give Instagram users on the platform the ability to schedule posts in advance, something the Vancouver-based company says its customer based has been calling for. “Hootsuite customers will now have the ability to ...

Episode 68: Is Data the Key to Falling in Love with Your Utility Providers?

When’s the last time you thought about your utility providers? Probably when you signed up for their service, right? Historically, utility companies have never had a personal relationship with their customers because they never provided a unique, personalized service. Yet with the rise of smart m ...

Episode 67: The State of Conversational Business in 2018 and Beyond

In 2017, conversational experiences became a part of our vernacular. Google Home and Amazon Echo are just some of the tools that most of us have come to know and a growing number are using on a regular basis. So what does 2018 hold in store for the evolution of conversational business, both for con ...

Episode 66: When Does Security Become a Strategic Play?

What makes a company choose to prioritize security as a strategic play? In this episode, Jon Prial talks with Gerry Smith, the CEO of Densify (an analytics company) and J. Paul Haynes, the CEO of eSentire (a cyber security business). They discuss the relationship between these two companies, and wh ...

Toronto may be an AI hotbed but finding good tech talent is getting tough, says Nudge.ai founder

Paul Teshima The CEO and co-founder of enterprise software company Nudge.ai, Paul Teshima, says that more and more companies are using artificial intelligence to power their platforms, which is putting a strain on the market for top AI tech talent in Toronto. Just like all other domains of inform ...

Episode 65: My Chatbot Is Better Than Yours

There are hundreds of thousands of chatbots out there, but they aren’t all created equally. In this episode, Jon Prial welcomes Amanda Robinson, who leads conversational marketing strategy, interaction design and customer success at Automat.ai. Together, they discuss why brands are making the mov ...

Episode 64: Cloudera’s Tom Reilly and Hilary Mason Talk Machine Learning

When you think of Cloudera, the billion-dollar software company that’s virtually a household name, you probably think of a cloud-based, new technology data warehousing company. Sure, but did you know that Cloudera is currently a challenger in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Management An ...