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The virtual assistant market is booming! Thanks to artificial intelligence (AI) technology, devices that model human interaction to perform multiple tasks have grown considerably in popularity. Google Assistant, Microsoft’s Cortana, Apple Siri, and Amazon Echo are widely known. But there are other incredible real-world applications across industries such as education, healthcare, home care, and self-driving cars gaining ground due to the growing trends of outsourced assistance, a mobile workforce, and placing importance on customer engagement.…

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to step away from my desktop to attend a conference organized by the Florida Alternative Investment Association (FLAIA), a non-profit created to establish Florida as an internationally leading center for Alternative Investment management. As I made my way through the swanky halls of the Hard Rock Hotel, music lyrics reminded me that “money can’t buy me love.” True — but it can buy entry into the digital economy and further…