1. Baidu’s Duer Joins the Virtual Assistant Party

    Baidu, Amazon, and others are now pushing to make computers more capable of holding a decent conversation. The Chinese Internet giant, Baidu, launched a conversational personal assistant service called Duer at a company event held in Beijing Tuesday. It is just the latest sign that we could soon forgo swiping and typing for chatting with our computers instead.

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    1. I don't think there's a huge, fundamental breakthrough.
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