Published On: Mon, Mar 6th, 2017

Yahoo’s new chatbot will nag your family for you

With a pending sale of its internet business to Verizon, Yahoo is undergoing one of the more tumultuous periods in its history. Yet somehow it still managed to put out one of the most useful piece of software it’s created in years. Called Captain, the product is an SMS-based digital assistant. It’s designed to use some lightweight artificial intelligence to help family members manage each other’s busy schedules.

Captain essentially acts as an intermediary between parents and their children, letting family members text instructions to one phone number that then takes care of the busy work. For instance, you can text Captain to remind your daughter that she has soccer practice at 3PM, or remind your…

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