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Conversational Agents

Enter Eugene: The Curious Case of 'Eugene Goostman,' Part II

Bill DeSmedt | Posted 08.18.2014 | Technology
Bill DeSmedt

June 8th, 2014 is a day that shall live in A.I.nfamy. For on that day, Reading University visiting cybernetics professor Kevin Warwick announced that a "supercomputer" masquerading as a Ukrainian teenager had successfully convinced ten out of thirty judges that it was, in fact, a human being.

Building a Conversational Agent from the Ground Up, Part III

Bill DeSmedt | Posted 07.05.2014 | Huffpost Code
Bill DeSmedt

As the name suggests, KR&R focuses on how reality as a whole might best be represented in an internal "mental model," and what operations on that model are needed in order to draw valid conclusions from known facts.

Building a Conversational Agent from the Ground Up, Part II

Bill DeSmedt | Posted 07.05.2014 | Huffpost Code
Bill DeSmedt

The NLP technology that focuses on units of language larger than a sentence is discourse analysis and management (DAM). At this level, the equivalent of a parser's search for the sentence's nouns and verbs is a discourse analyzer's quest for the topic of the conversation as a whole.

Building a Conversational Agent From the Ground Up, Part I

Bill DeSmedt | Posted 06.30.2014 | Technology
Bill DeSmedt

Having recently completed Dualism, my latest technothriller, I thought to complement it with an online conversational avatar of one of the book's protagonists, enabling fans to discuss the book's plot with a simulated character drawn from its pages.