), Noom is releasing a brand new version of their popular “Weight” app for the i OS platform.
While the hugely successful platform did issue a basic i OS edition of Weight back in May, this newer version offers more features than anything they’ve ever put out on their Android software.
Someone might request, “Set an appointment for tomorrow at 2 o’clock for coffee with Bill,” but will probably not say, “Set an appointment with that guy I ate lunch with a lot last month who has a Yahoo!
e-mail address,” and will definitely not say, “I want to find out when my tall, handsome friend from Wyoming feels like discussing our start-up idea in the next couple weeks.”Siri flexibly handles relatively simple phrases that pertain to smartphone tasks such as placing calls, text messaging, performing Internet searches, and employing map and calendar functions (she's your Siri also fields general questions, but it does not attempt full open question answering, as Watson does.
Because of this, Siri’s underlying technology is designed to solve a different, simpler variant of the human language problem.
Although Siri responds to an impressively wide range of language usage, such that users can address the device in a casual manner with little or no prior instruction, people know that computers are rigid and will naturally constrain their inquiries.
Every new user gets placed into an online group of about eight people, all with different experience levels, and the members can encourage each other by “high-fiving” their meal choices and sharing their progress in a chat room.
The groups are also mixed gender: “We noticed that men improve faster when there are women around,” Petakov told us.
One could say any name they wanted, be any age they wanted, and from any location in the world.This is a machine that answers questions—about any of a broad, open range of topics.The same core technology that companies use to predict whether you'll buy and which ad you'll click is employed under Watson's hood to predict, given a question, whether a candidate answer is correct.Last week, we discussed how catfishing deters people from wanting to find a relationship online.This week, we are talking about the first sign you should look for to determine whether you or someone you know could have a catfish.In the words of Noom’s co-founder, Artem Petakov, May’s release of Weight was “basically just a food journal,” but the new and improved version suggests what kinds of foods to eat, rates a user’s choices, and sends them weekly weight loss articles.What’s really cool is the app’s new focus on community.Encounter’s users understand that not having access to direct messaging until a physical date keeps everyone accountable for their actions.Settling for photos and a “hey” message isn’t enough.We at Encounter want to believe most people have the best intentions, and we want to give the benefit of the doubt to those who may be having technological issues.So, we’ve come up with some suggestions for connecting digitally with someone you want to have a deeper connection with, but have not been able to have a real video chat conversation: Some people just like staying off the grid, but if they really care about you the way you care about them, they will go above and beyond to initiate and create a video conversation.