DeepText: Facebook announces text understanding engine

Social media giant Facebook on Thursday announced the development of a new artificial intelligence (AI) system called ‘DeepText’ that can analyse what people are writing about in posts with near-human accuracy across 20 languages. “If it can automatically pick out hate speech from status updates that merely contain controversial terms, it could prevent a human from ever suffering the harassment and having to report it manually,” technology website TechCrunch reported quoting Facebook on Thursday. Facebook already says that its AI systems report more offensive photos than humans on its social network. The company also revealed that “to get closer to how humans understand text, we need to teach the computer to understand things like slang and word-sense disambiguation. As an example, if someone says, ‘I like blackberry,’ does that mean…


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