Apple's Newton handwriting recognition system was undone by a comic strip
The signature feature on the iPhone 4S that Apple (AAPL) unveiled Tuesday is Siri, a so-called intelligent assistant that depends on a lot of fiendishly complex artificial intelligence systems -- voice recognition, understanding context and natural language -- working flawlessly a high percentage of the time.
Few companies know better than Apple the risks of counting on applied AI to sell consumer MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 5, 2011 10:30 AM ET
A computer you can chat with. Hmm. Where have we seen this before?
It was hard for veteran tech reporters to watch Scott Forstall's demonstration of the iPhone 4S's new Siri "intelligent assistant" system (see here, starting at the 73-minute mark) without recalling one of Apple's (AAPL) most embarrassing episodes from the John Sculley era.
Sculley, whose previous job had been, in Steve Jobs' unkind words, selling sugar water for Pepsi, was MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 5, 2011 10:19 AM ET
It seems the company's best days are behind it, or that Facebook is eating its lunch. But maybe Google is so far ahead of the game that we're the ones who need to catch up.
By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
What is going on with Google? Sure, today President Obama will be meeting with Eric Schmidt at a tech executive meet-up in Silicon Valley, but he almost seems an also-ran compared to the attention MOREFeb 17, 2011 1:20 PM ET
Watch it this afternoon, when an IBM supercomputer takes on two human champions
It's the biggest man vs. machine confrontation since Deep Blue humiliated Gary Kasparov on the chess board in 1997.
Over the course of three episodes -- February 14, 15 and 16 -- an IBM (IBM) supercomputer named Watson will challenge Jeopardy!'s most successful human contestants.
We're not privy to the outcome, but based on the level of pre-publicity generated by MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 14, 2011 1:33 PM ET
The Semantic Web promises to make data and applications smarter.
By James Hendler, assistant dean for information technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
What do web giant Google (GOOG), the New York Times (NYT), the pharmaceutical leader UCB, and web startups Garlik and Bintro have in common?
They are among the approximately two hundred companies that have announced, this month alone, details of how they will be enhancing their businesses by using the emerging technology MOREOct 2, 2009 10:00 AM ET
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