A chatbot called Meena and a graph comparing it with other chatbot services
NLP

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
NLP

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
NLP

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
NLP

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
NLP

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
NLP

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.
Automatically generated text summary from FactCC with misleading facts highlighted in different colors.
NLP

Keeping the Facts Straight: NLP System FactCC Fact Checks Texts

Automatically generated text summaries are becoming common in search engines and news websites. But existing summarizers often mix up facts. For instance, a victim’s name might get switched for the perpetrator’s.
Question from an exam
NLP

Smart Students, Dumb Algorithms: NLP Systems Struggle at Grading Essays

A growing number of companies that sell standardized tests are using natural language processing to assess writing skills. Critics contend that these language models don’t make the grade.

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