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A survey of available corpora for building data-driven dialogue systems

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Bear with me, it's more interesting than it sounds:). Yes, this (46-page) paper does include a catalogue of data sets with dialogues from different domains, but it also includes a high level survey of techniques that are used in building dialogue systems (aka chatbots). In particular, it focuses on data-driven systems, i.e. those that incorporate some kind of learning from data. This particular paper is focused on corpus-based learning where you have been able to build up, or have access to, a data set on which you can train your models. If you want to build a defensible machine learning based business, having access to quality sources of data that your competitors don't is a good start.


Beyond chatbots, banks are now investing in 'brains' behind them

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The customer experience in banking is about to get a lot more personal, as shown by an investment announced Wednesday in technology that will act as the "brain" behind AI financial services applications. Kasisto – a company that's behind a conversational AI platform about around a dozen financial institutions globally use – just completed a $17 million Series B funding round. It's yet another sign that customers' future interactions with their banks are more likely to be with non-humans. "It not only helps the bank become more informed of their end consumer, it serves the individual better, and in so doing reduces their cost structure and potentially generates additional revenue," said Patricia Kemp, co-founder and general partner of Oak HC/FT, the venture capital firm that led the funding round. "It's strategically important for banks to improve their mobile experiences and improve their online experiences."


Extra charges for Facebook and YouTube? Never, I say

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Would you pay extra for Facebook, Snapchat and YouTube? That's how they do it in England, reports Jefferson Graham. Could that happen here too, in the wake of the relaxed FCC Net Neutrality rules? LOS ANGELES -- Like turning on lights and making phone calls, we consider it a right that we can watch free entertainment on YouTube, post travel photos on Facebook and listen to online music. After all, we treat Internet providers another utility, just like the electric or phone company, with our monthly service fees.


A creepy robot head completes university course in the philosophy of love

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A person's university years should be all about expanding your horizons, as well as meeting people with perspectives and backgrounds different from your own. Well, what could be more different than sharing your classroom with a robot? That's what 31 philosophy students at Notre Dame de Namur University in California recently experienced when they were joined in their "Philosophy of Love" program by Bina48, an A.I. animatronic robot. The robot participated via Skype in a series of sessions before appearing "in person" in the final class. "I wasn't sure how the students would react, but they were psyched about it," Professor William Barry, an associate professor of philosophy at Notre Dame de Namur, told Digital Trends.


The Impact of Artificial Intelligence in 2018: Seven Predictions

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The AI debate shifts from "is it good or evil" to "is it ever going to be good enough": If 2017 was the year where the warnings from Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking about the potential evil from AI clashed with predictions from Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates on its potential good, 2018 will be the year when the debate shifts to its practical utility. Much like other technologies that were lauded for their world-changing potential and then fizzled as the fog of the hype cleared, early adopters will find themselves disappointed by AI's obvious limits. The broader public--familiar with Alexa, Siri, and Google Home--will be similarly disillusioned as the experts acknowledge that there is only so much that AI will be able to do, and for really complex problems, a new paradigm will be needed. Despite the hype, AI has demonstrated value in industries across the board - from agriculture to biotech to manufacturing. AI is just beginning to ingest data to power services and offerings, in turn providing information necessary for better decision-making.


The Impact of Artificial Intelligence in 2018: Seven Predictions

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The AI debate shifts from "is it good or evil" to "is it ever going to be good enough": If 2017 was the year where the warnings from Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking about the potential evil from AI clashed with predictions from Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates on its potential good, 2018 will be the year when the debate shifts to its practical utility. Much like other technologies that were lauded for their world-changing potential and then fizzled as the fog of the hype cleared, early adopters will find themselves disappointed by AI's obvious limits. The broader public--familiar with Alexa, Siri, and Google Home--will be similarly disillusioned as the experts acknowledge that there is only so much that AI will be able to do, and for really complex problems, a new paradigm will be needed. Despite the hype, AI has demonstrated value in industries across the board - from agriculture to biotech to manufacturing. AI is just beginning to ingest data to power services and offerings, in turn providing information necessary for better decision-making.


India witnessed infusion of Artificial Intelligence across industries

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When it comes to disruptive technologies that will drive businesses in the coming years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is touted as the most promising and Indian enterprises across the spectrum began embracing it to enhance real-time user experiences. Picking up the pace globally, AI gradually cemented its position as the technology is quite transverse and perceived as less gimmicky, impacting several functions to improve productivity and business results, says Thomas Husson, Vice President and Principal Analyst, Forrester. From flushing out fake and terror-related content to making sense of humongous data for self-driving cars, from helping identify when someone might be expressing thoughts of suicide on Facebook to empower NASA explore space communications, AI-based tools gained a definite momentum. Microsoft pledged $50 million over the next five years to put AI technology in the hands of those who are working to mitigate climate change. When it comes to India, AI started playing a significant role in not just developing smart devices but in improving engagement with end-consumers -- be it government or corporates.


Trends And Developments Fuel NLP Market

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The large volumes of structured, as well as unstructured data generated at an unprecedented rate, has taken the industry by storm. Growing prevalence of Big Data in the IT sector has fueled the need for newer tools powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Natural Language Processing (NLP). Have you ever wondered if the person you have been venting your frustration on or cribbing about the inefficient services rendered to you is a chatbot or a human? Being greeted by an automated voice prompt, designed on an algorithm to answer a limited set of questions, is a thing of the past. Interactive chatbots have become the rage of the town.



3 A.I. Predictions for 2018: Emotion, Data, Ethics Xconomy

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In recent years, the smartphones, bots, and devices we spend so much of our time with could be accused of contributing to the desensitization of our society. When a fight breaks out, some teens' first reaction is to pull out their phones and take a video, rather than call for help. We can yell mean things at our Amazon Alexa device without any consequences. These are just a few examples. In 2018 and beyond, this will change.