Facebook Is Teaching Its Computers to Understand Everything You Post

Facebook’s new AI engine could learn to understand and categorize posts by topic. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images Facebook is learning to read. Will Oremus On Wednesday, the company announced a new, artificially intelligent language processing engine, called Deep Text. It applies a computer-science technique called deep learning to the old problem of teaching computers to understand human language. And it could mean big advances in Facebook’s most popular products, from Messenger to the Facebook news feed. Advertisement “This is a step toward building machines that can communicate with humans in a smart way,” said Hussein Mehana, an engineering director for Facebook’s applied machine learning team. For instance: In Messenger, Facebook will use Deep Text to power chat bots that can talk to you more like a human, rather than…


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