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From the Editor: Bots that can Talk About Anything
Conversational applications such as digital assistants or chatbots are one of the main use cases of artificial intelligence(AI) applications across diverse industries. Currently, most conversational models remain highly specialized and constrained to specific domains. As a result, most of our interactions with chatbots don’t feel natural as they lack the ability of humans to discuss several topics as part of the same interactions or lack common sense and basic knowledge about the world.
As conversational evolve, we should see a transition from domain-specific to more generic models that can discuss almost any topic that a user wants. This approach has been certainly implemented in some of the most popular digital assistants in the market but remain absent in most chatbot applications. Recently, researchers from Google unveiled a model that can engage in conversations across almost any topic. Certainly a trend to follow in the conversational interface space.
Now let’s take a look at the core developments in AI research and technology this week:
A Bot that Can Chat About Anything
Google AI researchers published a paper introducing Meena, a conversational model that can conduct domain-specific dialogs across almost any topic.
Interpretability by Counterfactuals
Microsoft Research published a paper proposing a method that uses counterfactual explanations to understand the actions of machine learning models.
Transfer Learning for Answer Selection
Amazon Research published a paper describing a method that uses transfer learning to adapt robust language models such as BERT to the task of answer selection.
Cool AI Tech Releases
A Novel Method for Text Generation
Google has open sourced LaserTagger, a model that takes an innovative and highly efficient approach to text generation.
OpenAI Standardizes on PyTorch
OpenAI is switching most of their implementation efforts to PyTorch and already open sourced new PyTorch-based versions of a couple of its efforts.
Enterprise AI platform Iguazio announced that it has raised $24 million to enable the development and deployment of machine learning models.
AI in the Real World
An EU Data Marketplace to Compete with US AI
The European Union wants to create a data marketplace to challenge the dominance of US tech giants when comes to data and AI.
AI Against the Coronavirus
AI models are being used by epidemiologists to fight the recent outbreak of the coronavirus.
AI-Designed Medicine that can be Used in Humans
A British startup and a Japanese pharmaceutical firm use AI to design a drug that is ready for human trials.