AI, NLP: Way Deeper Than Microsoft’s Marketing

Welcome to the natural language processing (NLP) edition of my “under-the-hood” series on AI (artificial intelligence) technology. 2016 is shaping up to be the year of NLP. Most major tech companies are announcing initiatives, introducing products (e.g., Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) with its Echo device and platform) or experiments in public (e.g., Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Tay debacle). On Seeking Alpha (and I am sure in many other places as well), the topic of natural language processing seems to be confusing many people because they are not clear on what new technologies here can do and what they should expect from them in the immediate future. Even though I have touched on the subject before – e.g. on my explanation of IBM’s (NYSE:IBM) Watson – I feel like I have not explained the specific…


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