Example of disinformation detection system working on a news article about Syria
Natural Language Processing

Propaganda Watch: U.S. Military Uses NLP to Combat Disinformation

The U.S. military enlisted natural language processing to combat disinformation. Primer, a San Francisco startup, is developing a system for the Department of Defense that sifts through news, social media, research, and reports to spot propaganda campaigns.
Graphs with data related to Microsoft's library DeepSpeed
Natural Language Processing

Toward 1 Trillion Parameters: DeepSpeed PyTorch Library Supports Large AI and NLP Models

An open source library could spawn trillion-parameter neural networks and help small-time developers build big-league models. Microsoft upgraded DeepSpeed, a library that accelerates the PyTorch deep learning framework.
Information related to OpenAI's model GPT-3
Natural Language Processing

Generation Text: GPT-3 Beta Testers Create Blog Posts, Computer Code, and More

People granted early access to OpenAI’s latest language model are raving about its way with words — and more. Beta testers of GPT-3 are showing off the model’s ability to write business memos, craft blogs, pen tweets, and even generate computer code.
Examples and explanation of an automatic headline generation
Natural Language Processing

AI Makes Headlines: An NLP System for Automatically Generating Headlines

Which headline was written by a computer? A: FIFA to Decide on 2022 World Cup in March B: Decision in March on 48-team 2022 World Cup, Says Infantino
Tiny Images photos and datasets
Natural Language Processing

Tiny Images, Outsized Biases: MIT Researchers Delete TinyImages Dataset

MIT withdrew a popular computer vision dataset after researchers found that it was rife with social bias. Researchers found racist, misogynistic, and demeaning labels among the nearly 80 million pictures in Tiny Images, a collection of 32-by-32 pixel color photos.
Illustration of a broken heart with a smirk in the middle
Natural Language Processing

Outing Hidden Hatred: Facebook uses NLP and Vision AI to Detect Hateful Posts

Facebook uses automated systems to block hate speech, but hateful posts can slip through when seemingly benign words and pictures combine to create a nasty message. The social network is tackling this problem by enhancing AI’s ability to recognize context.
Speech bubble with binary code inside
Natural Language Processing

The Batch: NLP Special Issue! Powerful techniques from Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Salesforce

I’m thrilled to announce our new Natural Language Processing Specialization! Courses 1 and 2 are available on Coursera. We expect to release Courses 3 and 4 soon.
Illustration of two translators on a scale
Natural Language Processing

Choosing Words Carefully: NLP for Translation Chooses the Right Synonym

The words “big” and “large” have similar meanings, but they aren’t always interchangeable: You wouldn’t refer to an older, male sibling as your “large brother” (unless you meant to be cheeky). Choosing among words with similar meanings is critical in language tasks like translation.
Speech bubble with binary code inside
Natural Language Processing

Introducing the Natural Language Processing Specialization

I’m thrilled to announce our new Natural Language Processing Specialization! Courses 1 and 2 are available on Coursera. We expect to release Courses 3 and 4 soon. NLP is reshaping daily life.
A chatbot called Meena and a graph comparing it with other chatbot services
Natural Language Processing

Toward Open-Domain Chatbots: Meena Scores High on System for Grading NLP Chatbots

Progress in language models is spawning a new breed of chatbots and, unlike their narrow-domain forebears, they have the gift of gab. Recent research tests the limits of conversational AI.
Captures from AI's Got Talent
Natural Language Processing

AI’s Got Talent: AI Song Contest Replaces Eurovision in 2020

Music that features a “singing” koala bear took the prize in one of Europe’s highest-profile AI competitions yet. A team of Australian programmers, designers, and musicians won the inaugural AI Song Contest with a koala-tinged track called “Beautiful the World.”
Brains and neural signals reading
Natural Language Processing

Listening to the Brain

AI has added an unlikely language to its catalog of translation capabilities: brain waves. Joseph Makin led a group from the University of California San Francisco to render a person’s neural signals as English text while the person while the person read a sentence aloud.
Graph related to a machine learning model that reads the titles of bug reports
Natural Language Processing

Bug Squasher: A TF-IDF NLP Technique for Finding Bugs in Code

A new algorithm can triage programming bugs, highlighting dangerous flaws. Microsoft researchers developed a machine learning model that reads the titles of bug reports and recognizes those describing flaws that compromise security.
Illustration of a fireplace with "Happy holidays" cards in English, Spanish and French
Natural Language Processing

Natural Language Processing Models Get Literate: Top NLP Advances in 2019

Earlier language models powered by Word2Vec and GloVe embeddings yielded confused chatbots, grammar tools with middle-school reading comprehension, and not-half-bad translations. The latest generation is so good, some people consider it dangerous.
Sesame Street characters together
Natural Language Processing

Inside AI’s Muppet Empire: Why Are So Many NLP Models Named After Muppets?

As language models show increasing power, a parallel trend has received less notice: The vogue for naming models after characters in the children’s TV show Sesame Street.

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