Cos use bots to nail tax math accurately

Bots help companies track their mobile employees. They determine the tax residency of such employees (which depends on the number of days spent in each country) and throw up the withholding tax obligations of the employer. If an employee stays in a country beyond a certain number of days, tax treaties stipulate that a permanent establishment (place of business) is created in that country. Read more

The bots are coming: examples from food, automotive, cosmetics and fashion

For all the ongoing discussion about AI stealing our jobs – it’s already very much here.

In particular, AI is prevalent on the computers in our pockets, our phones. 72% of US smartphone users now use 6 apps daily – and AI has well and truly infiltrated them – with voice assistant and chatbot technology being seamlessly overlaid onto our most used apps.

It’s now paying our car tax and booking our plane tickets. A child born today is essentially AI-native, interacting with Amazon Alexa and apps such as Hello Barbie.

Individuals today are increasingly starved for time, and the technology that is creeping into our everyday routines is designed to directly alleviate this pressure. Read more

Woebot Is Therapy Inside a Chatbot

When Alison Darcy began developing a mental-health-focused chatbot for Facebook last summer, she made a point to give it a robotic name — nothing even vaguely human, like Siri or Alexa. She went with something charmingly mechanical: Woebot. Her service uses lessons from a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy method known as cognitive behavioral treatment to help people track their moods, and the name clarified that it was by no means a human replacement. It also showed off what Darcy saw as her program’s greatest strength. Read more