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The rise of AI and challenge of making conversational bots (The 3:59, Ep. 70)

We also discuss Amazon's offer of an ad-supported phone and how IBM is using its Watson technology to help with cancer treatment.

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Artificial intelligence has become a big focus of the tech world these days, with a growing number of virtual assistants like Apple's Siri and Microsoft's Cortana answering our questions or telling us canned jokes. But 60 years after the term "AI" was coined, there's still a lot of work ahead to make this software feel more human.

We also chat about Amazon's new deal to slash the prices of two new budget phones, though users will have to see ads on the phones' lock screens. We also hit on IBM's Watson and its work to speed up cancer treatment.

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by CNET Executive Editor Roger Cheng, Senior Writer Ben Fox Rubin and Producer Bryan VanGelder.

The rise of AI and challenge of making conversational bots (The 3:59, Ep. 70)

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