Earlier this week, PayPal and Facebook announced the two companies will be partnering as Facebook Messenger expands its growing number of payment options. The partnership will allow users to easily link their accounts, use PayPal for their purchases when they shop via online stores or the growing number of merchant bots, and track receipts and receive notifications about payments they’ve made. [Read more…]
In a press release yesterday, The Weather Company announced the launch of its new Facebook Messenger bot, which utilizes IBM’s Watson to deliver personalized weather-related news stories, current conditions, and forecasts for its users. The Weather Channel bot can be used in 39 languages, and can be accessed through The Weather Channel Facebook page or through the Messenger app. Its features include current conditions, notifications that alert users to severe weather or news items of interest, breaking news, and hourly, daily, and five-day forecasts. Users are able to customize their preferences for daily forecasts in order to be alerted at different times of the day, and the bot will learn users’ preferences for news items as users interact with it.
Google’s AI company DeepMind is on a mission to rebrand its health initiative with a patient engagement forum held last month at their headquarters in King’s Cross and changes to their website that put a more patient-friendly face on the company. The changes come months after the enormous backlash DeepMind Health faced over Streams, an app DeepMind has developed to aid with early detection of Acute Kidney Infection (AKI). [Read more…]