Potbot: The World's First Virtual Budtender!

Khryss | Published 2017-06-28 05:05
With the rise of artificial intelligence, its uses have become more numerous. From trading stocks,  making music, to even mimicking the human voice, the list goes on.  To add to that list, artificial intelligence has been used to help find the best strain of medical cannabis for you. Introducing Potbot--the world's first virtual budtender. The AI uses "cutting edge neural-net algorithms to recommend cannabinoid levels and custom strains to medical marijuana patients," according to their website. Basically, it reads medical journals about cannabinoids, and pairs it with  symptoms like cancer, insomnia and Alzheimer's with branded cannabis strains to find the right kind of weed for you. According to Potbotics (the company behind Potbot) CEO David Goldstein, they've just raised $5 million. He said that the business is completely legal and that the technology doesn't involve cannabis directly. It's sort of a bartender that recommends you drinks but points you to a person that can make them. "We definitely see there's interest in the industry, for sure. It's one that has real potential in the United States and internationally," he said. "A lot of investors like non-cannabis touching entities, because they feel like they are hedging their bets a little bit." However, all startup businesses have undergone any certain obstacles. Since laws about cannabis vary from state to state, Potbotics has to look at them carefully to sell its products in the US. But for now, the company is focusing in the New England area (states like Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont). Goldstein started the idea for Potbot after his family member got sick. "She refused to get this medicine because she felt it wasn't a professional experience. There are great applications like Leafly and Weedmaps. We didn't feel like there was something that helps hit that medical patient." He also had help from his father and co-founder Baruch Goldstein, who previously worked on AI to help pre-Alzheimer's patients find botanical treatments. "It was a little bit of an uphill battle convincing him, but he met some of the medical marijuana patients I introduced him too," said Goldstein. "He realized if you take a real medical approach it was the same." And so the product was created. The app is available in Apple's App Store and the Google Play store. Who knows, you might find Potbots at a dispensary near you. (Who needs a pimp now?) http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/26/potbot-uses-artificial-intelligence-to-find-the-best-marijuana-strain.html
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