Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence Understands You

If there are days when it feels like no one really understands you, take solace in knowing Facebook’s artificially intelligent DeepText engine does.In a blog post sharing new details about the engine, Facebook’s engineering team said DeepText can understand “with near-human accuracy the textual content of several thousands posts per second, spanning more than 20 languages.”Traditional Natural Language Processing converts words into numbers, which can then be read by a computer algorithm. Its pitfall, however, is not preserving the semantic relationship between words, such as “brother” and “bro,” which would both be assigned different numbers.DeepText is able to understand more natural language because it uses “word embeddings,” a concept that keeps the relationship between words that mean the same thing but might have some derivatives.DeepText is designed to make a…


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