Tag: natural language processing

Amazon open-sources its Topical Chat data set of over 4.7 million words

Way back in April, Amazon announced its intention to publish a data set — the Topical Chat data set — of crowdsourced human conversations to teams competing in the annual Alexa Prize Socialbot Grand Challenge competition. It finally made good on that promise today with the release on Github of more than 235,000 utterances containing […]

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How AI is transforming customer reviews into crucial business intelligence (VB Live)

Presented by TrustPilot Customer reviews are a gold mine, and artificial intelligence is a fast and cost-effective way to turn them into essential insight. Learn how AI can help you turn good feedback into great product, uncover what really matters to customers, and more, in this VB Live event. Register here for free. Customers have […]

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AI Weekly: Cutting-edge research promises to imbue AI with contextual knowledge

Viewing scenes and making sense of them is something people do effortlessly every day. Whether it’s sussing out objects’ colors or gauging their distances apart, it doesn’t take much conscious effort to recognize items’ attributes and apply knowledge to answer questions about them. That’s patently untrue of most AI systems, which tend to reason rather […]

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Oracle is using ‘intelligent automation’ to do far more than automate repetitive tasks

While Forrester predicts that the market for RPA (robotic process automation) will reach $2.9 billion in 2021, and many companies are well down the road with it, not a lot of companies are using it correctly right now, according to Ben Arnulf. Arnulf is a product management strategy director at Oracle. The problem he outlined […]

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Amazon Alexa users can now donate school supplies via voice

Back to school supplies aren’t getting any cheaper. The National Retail Federation estimates that this year parents with children in elementary school and college plan to spend an average of $696.70 (up from $684.79 in 2018) and $976.78 (up from $942.17), respectively. Economically disadvantaged families will necessarily lean on philanthropic givers to bridge the gap, […]

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IBM tests ways to improve natural language processing

It’s a miracle most enterprises manage to find anything in their labyrinthine storage setups. Companies increasingly tap a mix of public and private clouds that don’t always play nicely together, and the jargony nature of their employees’ search queries make them tougher to parse than, say, web searches. Fortunately, IBM’s recent work in natural language […]

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AI generates interesting story endings

Sophisticated natural language processing systems like OpenAI’s GPT-2 can craft speech that’s impressively humanlike, but those same AI often struggle with cogencY and coherency. In particular, they don’t pen compelling conclusions — AI-generated story endings tend to be generic and lacking in context. This shortcoming motivated scientists at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science […]

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Kyndi raises $20 million for explainable AI that analyzes documents

Kyndi, a startup developing what it describes as an explainable natural language processing platform, today announced that it’s secured $20 million in series B funding led by Intel Capital, with participation from UL Ventures, PivotNorth Capital, and existing investors. The capital infusion comes after an $8.5 billion series A in August 2017 and brings the […]

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The NLP/NLU nominees for the Transform AI Innovation Awards

To cap off our AI-focused Transform 2019 event, taking place July 10-11 in San Francisco, VentureBeat will recognize and award emergent, compelling, and influential work in AI through the inaugural AI Innovation Awards. We take pride in shining a light on innovation through that coverage, but these awards, presented by Ople, give us a chance […]

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Amazon wants smart home device setup to be a ‘zero-touch’ experience

The smart home device market is poised for serious growth. Just ask analysts at IDC, which forecasts that shipments will experience a 26.9% year-over-year uptick in 2019 to 832.7 million units. By 2023, IDC expects nearly 1.6 billion devices will ship to customers’ homes worldwide. Amazon is counting on it. Of the 75% of respondents […]

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Baidu’s DuerOS voice platform is now on 400 million devices

A self-driving milestone and an AI accelerator partnership with Intel weren’t the only high points of Baidu’s Create conference in Beijing this week. The company took the wraps off of DuerOS 5.0, its latest-gen natural language platform, and it revealed that DuerOS’ install base recently surpassed 400 million as voice queries topped 3.6 billion. The […]

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Google Brain’s XLNet bests BERT at 20 NLP tasks

A group of Google Brain and Carnegie Mellon University researchers this week introduced XLNet, an AI model capable of outperforming Google’s cutting-edge BERT in 20 NLP tasks and achieving state-of-the-art results on 18 benchmark tasks. BERT (Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transform) is Google’s language representation model for unsupervised pretraining of NLP models first introduced last […]

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Essential tips for scaling quality AI data labeling

Presented by CloudFactory Across every industry, engineers and scientists are in a race to clean and structure massive amounts of data for AI. Teams of computer vision engineers use labeled data to design and train the deep learning algorithms that self-driving cars use to recognize pedestrians, trees, street signs, and other vehicles. Data scientists are […]

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Amazon researchers bolsters Alexa’s language learning with preexisting knowledge

You’d think that adapting Alexa, which supports a range of languages including Spanish, German, and Japanese, to varieties within a dialect continua would be a piece of cake compared with “teaching” it new language families, but this isn’t so. According to the Seattle company’s researchers, the gulf is wide between British English and American English, […]

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AllyO raises $45 million for its AI-driven hiring and onboarding platform

AllyO, a Sunnyvale, California-based company developing AI-powered job recruitment products, today announced that it’s completed a series B financing round with $45 million in venture capital, contributed largely by new investors Sapphire Ventures and Scale Venture Partners, as well as existing investors Gradient Ventures (Google’s AI fund), Randstad Innovation Fund, Bain Capital Ventures, and Cervin […]

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IBM’s AI uses grammar rules to catch linguistic nuances of U.S. English

What’s the difference between independent and dependent clauses? Is it “me” or is it “I”? And how does “affect” differ from “effect,” really? Ample evidence suggests a strong correlation between grammatical knowledge and writing ability, and new research implies the same might be true of AI. In a pair of preprint papers, scientists at IBM […]

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