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The attention agency: inside Motion Sickness

This is the story of an ambitious idea that started small in a student flat before quickly gaining massive momentum and attracting the attention of ...

Countdown rebrands misshapen fruit as the 'Odd Bunch'

  • Advertising
  • February 21, 2017
  • StopPress Team
Countdown rebrands misshapen fruit as the 'Odd Bunch'

Countdown has teamed up with the not-for-profit organisation 'Love Food, Hate Waste' to help reduce the amount of fresh produce that goes to waste every year. To do this, the retailer has launched a sub-brand called 'The odd bunch', carrying fruits and vegetables that would normally be considered too ugly to be sold in stores.

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Emotionally intelligent and lifelike: meet Soul Machines' Nadia avatar

  • Tech
  • February 21, 2017
  • Elly Strang
Emotionally intelligent and lifelike: meet Soul Machines' Nadia avatar

Earlier this month, Accenture released its Fjord Trends report, showing what businesses should be wary of in the next year. Of the eight, AI was one to watch for its accelerated growth and rational decision-making capabilities. And with the next step being to create empathetic responses from chatbots, the day AI takes over customer service may be closer than you think. With this in mind, we take a look at a Kiwi company at the forefront of humanising AI technology, that's revealed its first virtual assistant called ‘Nadia’, which has been voiced by actress Cate Blanchett.

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DAN veteran Che Tamahori departs for Air New Zealand

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  • February 17, 2017
  • Damien Venuto
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Che Tamahori has called a day on his 21-year stint in his career by leaving the Digital Arts Network (DAN) to take up the role of general manager of user experience at Air New Zealand.

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