• Meeting Notes Get Smarter and Easier with a New Artificial Intelligence Assistant

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    FROM THE Summer 2018 ISSUE
     

Two Silicon Valley companies have partnered to create in-meeting transcription powered by Eva, an artificial intelligence assistant. The enterprise is a collaboration between BlueJeans Network, a cloud service that connects desktops, mobile devices and room systems in one video meeting, and Voicera, a leader in voice AI for the workplace. Eva participates in meetings by taking notes, providing a recording with a fully searchable transcript and word cloud, and highlighting key moments, all of which can be shared with others. 

“This is a game changer for our industry,” says Steve Weinstock, senior manager of business development and integration partnerships at BlueJeans. “We have pushed this platform to adopt technology before the customer asks for it. Meetings are the perfect environment for digital assistants where mundane tasks like note-taking can be automated and the strategic skills are left to the human participants.” 

To the annals of great bakery hybrids like the cronut, duffin and cretzel, add the churro croissant from Los Angeles bakery Pitchoun! A flaky pastry dusted with cinnamon sugar and filled with vanilla custard cream it combines French sophistication with the childlike joys of theme park eats. Originally put on the menu for the month of November, the churro croissant has been extended through January and, perhaps, beyond.

 

Just when you think there's nothing new in the world of breakfast cereal comes this innovation from chef Joey Maggiore, owner of the three Hash Kitchen breakfast spots in Scottsdale, Arizona: cereal shooters. Maggiore creates a boozy take on the milk that has been soaking in a bowl of Captain Crunch, Cocoa Puffs, Fruity Pebbles or Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Added to the frothy milk are, respectively, hazelnut liqueur, coffee liqueur, fruity vodka and spiced rum.

 

The iconic Crustacean Beverly Hills is event-ready.