After a potential customer has first contact with a business, sales gets in gear, often responding with an introductory email. Conversica has developed an artificial intelligence system designed to automate these early contact emails, and pass it off to a human salesperson when the time is right. Today, it announced a $34 million investment. The round was led by Providence Strategic Growth. Toba Capital, Wellington Financial LP, Recruit Strategic Partners and Series A investor Kennet Partners also participated. Today’s investment brings the total to $56 million. “Conversica is a conversational artificial intelligence platform,” company CEO Alex Terry explained. The company’s flagship product is an AI-powered sales assistant. Even though this assistant isn’t actually a person, it has a name, its own email address and it acts on behalf of the company, just like a human would. In this case, the assistant is responsible for contacting … [Read more...] about Conversica lands $34 million Series B to build intelligent sales assistants
Critics seem unsure whether Sense8 is a masterpiece, a disaster, or both. But it’s still a game-changer—pushing the limits of narrative, and testing genre fiction’s patriarchal worldview for weak points. And with a concept that revolves around empathy and personhood, it’s also a great Philip K. Dick tribute. Some spoilers ahead... In Sense8, the Wachowskis (who created it with J. Michael Straczynski) are exploring territory that will be familiar to anyone who’s seen The Matrix: The characters are individuals leading, if not humdrum, then relatively believable lives before they discover their ‘higher purpose.’ (And as Foz Meadows recently wrote, you can also see this trope explored from a different viewpoint in the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending.) Advertisement The awakening of the hero, and his/her initiation into a new life and reality, will definitely feel familiar to anyone who has followed the Wachowskis’ work. It’s … [Read more...] about The Wachowskis’
The Wachowski siblings and J. Michael Straczynski’s globespanning new show Sense8 hits Netflix this week, and it has some intriguing characters. Plus, check out the pilot episode of the new scifi procedural Stitchers, and clips from the final episodes of this season of Adventure Time. Tonight Adventure Time (6 PM, Cartoon Network) There’s new Adventure Time every day this week! First, Finn & Jake storm Magic Man’s house to rescue his new apprentice. The Lion’s Mouth Opens (9 PM, HBO) This short documentary follows Marianna Palka, whose father has Huntington’s Disease, as she finds out if she shares his illness: This verité documentary is about confronting life’s most daunting moments with purpose and grace, and about the impact of genetic bonds and genetic testing on the people we love and on how we face our destiny. Stunningly courageous young filmmaker-actress Marianna Palka gathers her friends around her as she finds out whether … [Read more...] about This Week’s TV: Will The Wachowskis’ TV Show Be As Crazy As Their Films?
That was what the finale brought us: proof that the team, as ragtag as they might appear, is perfect together. And also that Flynn Carson is the most annoying Librarian to ever walk the Earth. That might be just my opinion, though. Spoilers... Like last week, this week we had two episodes, one of which was the culmination of everything we've seen this season and one that was, while great, a more standalone effort. Advertisement "And the City of Light" had as its phenomena a small town that was also the epicenter for weird lights and disappearances. Obviously, it's not aliens — Jenkins is very, very firm on them not existing and Ezekiel is very, very much a believer. Instead it's that the town has been built by king of fictional electric devices, Nikola Tesla. And something went wrong, and the people of the town got caught in a dimensional shift. Except one woman, who hasn't left the town for 100 years trying to fix the problem. Also, the shifted people bodysnatch the … [Read more...] about The Librarians