Tech heavyweights race for artificial intelligence edge

SAN FRANCISCO – Major technology firms are racing to infuse smartphones and other internet-linked devices with software smarts that help them think like people.The effort is seen as an evolution in computing that allows users to interact with machines in natural conversation style, telling devices to tend to tasks such as ordering goods, checking traffic, making restaurant reservations or searching for information. The artificial intelligence (AI) component in these programs aims to create a world in which everyone can have a virtual aide that gets to know them better with each interaction. Here are some of the offerings available: Google Google is making a high-profile push into AI, with the internet titan’s chief referring to it as a force for change as powerful as smartphones. Google Assistant software is being…


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