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It’s a good time to be an amateur photographer because artificial intelligence is starting to make photography a lot easier. For instance, Sony’s created a product that predicts and automatically executes where to send your camera’s flash for optimal photography lighting. When prompted, it uses sensors to measure the difference between the subject and the camera as well as the camera and the ceiling to automatically create the ideal angle. There are some limitations, as noted in several articles on the product, but if version 1.0 isn’t ideal, wait for the next version, which is sure to benefit from customer feedback.

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Gmail’s Smart Reply function is coming to Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp. It learns your response style and mimics your linguistic preferences to offer you short, applicable one-tap responses to people you chat with. Some new features of this functionality include silencing your phone when it knows you’re driving and letting people who are messaging you know that you can’t respond right at that moment.

What are the implications? This saves you time, that precious limited resource. It allows you to properly respond to those you chat with while also allowing you to quickly move on to your next task.

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LG has created a community of AI appliances that communicate with each other, hopefully making your life easier. The fridge can track food items and their expiration dates, offering you recipes that use those ingredients before they go to waste. Once you pick your recipe—which your appliances will walk you through step-by-step—your fridge will preheat your oven for you at the right temperature. And when the oven’s done cooking your meal, it’ll set your dishwasher to a wash cycle that can handle the foodstuffs coming its way. And let’s not overlook the mundane: these appliances monitor themselves for maintenance issues so you can fix potential problems before they become actual problems.

Watch one minute of this video to see some of what the fridge can do (while you also painfully watch the LG VP of Marketing squirm when his assistant CLOi won’t respond to him).

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Our world changed forever with Siri, probably the most ubiquitous AI personal assistant, in October 2011. Occasionally, you’ll get some crazy responses from her, like when you say this phrase to it: “I see a little silhouetto of a man.” But it usually sticks to routine answers, providing you with the weather and the like. It’s such a powerful AI, that it even made its voice actress, Susan Bennett, famous. Siri opened up a whole new world for consumers.

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What makes this personal assistant special in the ocean new personal assistants? It keeps getting better as it learns your preferences, and if it doesn’t know how to handle your request, human teams train Fin how to fulfill your request next time. Let’s hope this pricey little personal assistant is worth the money its users pay for it, in light of free options.

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We take endless amounts of pictures, and it can take time to cull them of the pictures we don’t want, like duplicate and blurry photos. Now Zyl, a machine learning app, can reduce the time it takes you to go through your photos. And the nice part is it focuses on privacy, so it’s not using your photos to learn more about you.

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