Could You Fall in Love With an Artificial Intelligence?

“Will Julie receive a gift from a Valentine today?”

To Hollywood, the answer to that question is clearly ‘yes’ and this scenario has inspired the filmmaking industry for a while now: in 1927, Fritz Lang imagined a romance between the lead actor of Metropolis and the robot Maria! More recently, the story has been repeated in movies like HER (2013) or Ex-Machina (2015).

What does it take to go from fiction to reality?

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10 Artificial Intelligence influencers you should follow!

Due to recent major technological developments, Artificial Intelligence is evolving at an exponential rate. It is even considered to be the technology of the future. But the truth is, it is already present in our everyday lives: fraud detection, purchase predictions on e-commerce sites, videos games and virtual personal assistants like our favorite one, Julie.

In case you still don’t fully understand what it entails or want to know more about AI, here is a list of 10 Artificial Intelligence experts and influencers who specialized in Artificial Intelligence and related fields and who share their knowledge on the subject area or just keep you up to date with the latest developments.

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CEO of Thilium, an Influencer Marketing Agency and International branding expert, Tamara McCleary also specializes in Business experiences in IoT, Machine Learning, Blockchain, Wearables, FinTech and Artificial Intelligence, to name a few. She was ranked one of the Top 50 Digital Transformation Influencers by Onalytica in their 2016 analysis.

bannerblog_jimharris_ai_influencer 2. Jim Harris @JimHarris

Jim Harris is a bestselling Author and Speaker who specializes in Disruptive Innovation. He is a consultant for businesses and he helps them adapt to new disruptive technologies and gain engagement from their employees. His book “Blindsided: How to Spot the Next Breakthrough That Will Change Your Business” is a #1 international bestseller and is destined to help companies navigate through change. He is also a Keynote speaker and has a very interesting talk on how Disruptive Innovation turns Industries Upside down in which he states: “The same way we need to profoundly change to save our planet is the same way we need to profoundly change to to save our businesses”.

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Meet Caroline Baron, Marketing Manager at Julie Desk!

The #LifeAtJulie series is still underway and this month, it’s our Marketing Manager’s turn. Her name is Caroline Baron. You might already know her but in case you don’t, she is about to reveal all about herself. And if you do know her, well, there is more for you to know. By the way, she is also our Chief Sewing Officer!

All previous episodes of the series are still available.

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1. Hi Caroline, can you tell us a bit more about your background? 

Hello, I grew up in Brittany (called Bretagne in French), a historical city in the northwest of France, and also the most beautiful city in the world. I lived there until I finished College preparatory classes, the I went to Business School in Marseilles on the south coast. During my gap year, I worked at Talend, a Data Integration Software company. That is how I entered the world of digital companies and I really liked the dynamism of the ecosystem, so I stayed in it! I worked at Augure (Launchmetrics today), an influencer marketing software company, before joining Julie Desk almost a year ago.

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5 books recommended by experts to increase your productivity now!

“Learning never exhausts the mind.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Constant learning is essential to daily growth and improvement. Many are the ways to brush up on one’s skills in order to keep their knowledge fresh and up to date. Even the most experienced experts need help when it comes to their productivity levels. Books are one of the greatest ways to keep learning new things or improve build up on what we already know.

I have therefore selected a list of 5 books recommended by experts to help you improve your efficiency and, as a result, your time-management and productivity as well. 

1. Getting Things Done: How to Achieve Stress-free Productivity by David Allen

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This book appears on every productivity must-read list. David Allen has been an executive coach and management consultant for 20 years. In this must-read, he introduced a simple and effective personal management method that has revolutionized the world of business. The GTD (Get things Done) method is a framework that you can use and adapt not only to your business but also to your life for improvement. It helps you get control over your life by categorizing all your tasks into through five main stages of mastering workflow. He shares his methodology for each of these stages and explains the benefits of this method on both your personal and professional lives. He also talks about the importance of relaxation for a productive life all around.  

“If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention that it deserves”

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Seasonality of meeting scheduling in 2016

Appointments and professional meetings are an integral part for many of you. This explains why it is important to efficiently manage your calendar and therefore optimize your time management and avoid counter-productive meetings. This is Julie Desk’s main challenge: to help you make the management of your calendar easy and simple on a daily basis.

To help you better understand how your calendar evolves and the peaks and valleys of activity during the year, we suggest analyzing the evolution of the requests sent to Julie.

For those who are visiting the blog for the first time and have no idea who Julie is and what she does, here is a little reminder:

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Towards an ethical Artificial Intelligence

With the increasing presence of autonomous agents in our daily lives, Artificial Intelligence specialists propose to implement a set of ethical rules to allow them to realize the extent of their actions. Others seek the establishment of a right for robots as a way to resolve the emerging legal issues

Among the numerous articles dedicated to autonomous cars today, one particular thought experiment resurfaces often: the trolley problem. Adapted to self-driving cars, it is usually presented as follows: an autonomous car, with a person onboard, sees five pedestrians suddenly appear in its path. The only way to avoid them is for the car to send itself off the road, crashing and therefore causing its passenger’s death. Faced with this Cornelian dilemma, what choice does the Artificial Intelligence control software have to make? This thought experiment is anything but science-fiction. Many American states have already authorized some manufacturers to test their autonomous vehicles on their roads (with a human driver, ready to intervene and take over if necessary). Tesla’s commercial vehicles are equipped with an auto-pilot mode, which allows the car to self-drive under certain conditions (like on a highway where the driving is easy). This subject does not only apply to autonomous cars: from virtual assistants (Siri, Cortana, Google Now…) to humanoid robots, Artificial Intelligence increasingly inserts itself into our daily lives. Given this reality, many are those who insist on the importance of setting up ethical rules to supervise Artificial Intelligence.

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What if Artificial Intelligence could boost the economy? [Study]

AI will destroy jobs, robots will replace humans … That’s what we often hear when we talk about the evolution of AI and the rise of robots. But what if Artificial Intelligence could actually boost the economy?

We recently conducted a study with Censuswide and asked around 1000 British citizens how they felt about AI and its impact on the automation of their calendar management tasks. One interesting thing to notice is that 47% of professionals in the UK would be interested in using Artificial Intelligence powered assistants to gain time. And how would they spend the time they saved? By going shopping or making love! Great news, right?

Let’s dig into the results.

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