September 26-27, 2016
New York, NY

The future of natural language generation, 2016–2026

Robbie Allen (InfiniaML)
3:45pm–4:25pm Monday, 09/26/2016
Impact on business and society
Location: 3D09 Level: Non-technical
Average rating: *****
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What you'll learn

  • Explore a real-world case study of how an AI technology like natural language generation develops in the marketplace
  • Learn how NLG may impact your business and daily life both now and in the future
  • Description

    Natural language generation, the branch of AI that turns raw data into human-sounding narratives, is coming into its own in 2016. Robbie Allen explores the real-world advances in NLG over the past decade and then looks ahead to the next. Computers are already writing finance, sports, ecommerce, and business intelligence stories. Find out what—and how—they’ll be writing by 2026.

    Topics include:

    • The first companies to commercialize NLG, and why they focused on sports
    • The early market skepticism that computers could write like people
    • Growing market interest coupled with a widening focus from the companies involved (moving beyond sports into finance, business intelligence, and others)

    Robbie also outlines some possibilities for the future, including:

    • Writing platforms that can immediately understand any raw data they are presented without any initial human configuration
    • Personalization that moves beyond marketing into our daily lives/homes/appliances (Google Home, Amazon Echo, etc.)
    • Partially or fully automated content
    • Tools for creating automated narratives that are used as commonly as spell check by writers in every field
    • Machine learning and natural language processing combined with natural language generation to create a system that reads human-written content, understands it, and then writes a new take on the same information
    • Implications on the dissemination of knowledge and information
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    Robbie Allen


    Robbie Allen is the cofounder and CEO of InfiniaML, a company helping organizations implement machine learning across the enterprise. Previously, Robbie led Automated Insights (acquired in 2015 by Vista Equity Partners), one of the first companies to deploy natural language generation (NLG) solutions in the enterprise.