Language is maybe the hardest task in AI because it’s very nuanced. Words are mere references to your experience as a human. It’s very hard for a computer to understand what they mean.
Just as the keyboard, and then the mouse changed how we used computers decades ago, natural language interfaces will impact how we use technology moving forward.
I see myself as an expert in AI, by Niels Bohr’s definition: “An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.”
Alex Lebrun is the head of Wit.ai at Facebook. Wit.ai is an AI platform that makes it easy for developers to create applications that understand human language. Before founding Wit.ai, Alex was the founder and CEO of VirtuOz, “Siri for the Enterprise” virtual agents, acquired by Nuance Communications in 2013. Alex received a MS in Computer Science from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, France, and spent many years learning Chinese language and culture.
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