Natural Language Processing

Startup Adatao Raises $13M to Bring Search to Big Data

adataoDeborah Gage of The Wall Street Journal reports, “Making big data stores as easy to search as Internet data has been a holy grail for the software industry, and it’s become a more pressing problem since the growth of the big data software Hadoop, which holds enormous amounts of data. Adatao Inc., a startup based in Sunnyvale, Calif., has raised nearly $13 million in Series A funding led by Andreessen Horowitz to take on the challenge. Founded in 2012 by veterans of Google Inc., Yahoo Inc. and the Army Research Lab, the company combines machine learning, natural language processing and in-memory (i.e. fast) computing to create a system in which users can write queries in ordinary English or one of several computer languages-—Smart Query, SQL, Scala, Java, Python or R–and get results in less time than it takes to speak their questions.” Read more

How Natural Language Processing and Big Data are Making Sense of Consumer Behavior

ATTENSITY LOGODana Gardner of CRM Buyer recently wrote, “The power of Big Data technology is being successfully applied to understanding such complex unknowns as consumer sentiment and even intent. That understanding then vastly improves how retailers and myriad service providers manage their users’ experiences — increasingly in real time. Fortunately, today’s consumers are quite willing to share their intents and sentiments via social media, if you can gather and process the information. Hence the rapidly developing field of social customer relationship management, or Social CRM.” Read more

How the Internet of Things is Delivering Smarter Choices

8528725328_ffe4ba4283Sarah Austin, founder of Peak Energies recently wrote for Forbes, “The Valley bubble seems obsessed with the Internet of Things. Things are getting smarter. Devices talk to each other and people are now starting to talk to them. Things are evolving to make decisions, gather information and just take care of stuff for us. For a lot of people, it sounds too crazy. But we already benefit from the start of this shift. Take a Thai restaurant for example. You ask your phone to find you nearby Thai food, and it gives you a list of options. But why doesn’t it filter out obviously bad ones? Or determine that it only need show the closest location of the restaurant chain, and that if two places have a nearly identical menu, but one is 20 percent more expensive and a mile further away, it shouldn’t come up in your immediate results? This is the future of tech. As humans, we want choices, but we don’t want 100 choices. Read more

Five NLP APIs to Watch

Alchemy APIPatricio Robles of Programmable Web recently discussed how natural language processing or NLP technologies are simplifying data and customer interactions for many large businesses. He writes, “Fortunately, what is a technically complicated field of computing is now accessible to even the smallest of businesses thanks to the existence of companies that provide NLP as a service. This article explores and compares five of the leading NLP service providers that offer API integration. These service providers were selected based on the following criteria: A live NLP-focused API offering that gives users access to at least several common low-level NLP functions; Availability of public documentation and pricing information; Self-serve registration/subscription.” Read more

Ron Kaplan of Nuance Communications on the Future of Artificial Intelligence

ronPeter Rothman of h+ Magazine writes, “I recently got together with Ron Kaplan who is a well known artificial intelligence researcher in the area of natural language processing. Ron is a Distinguished Scientist at Nuance Communications. The conversation is about 1 hour long and the main theme was the recent comments about dangers from artificial intelligence made by Professor Stephen Hawking and also Elon Musk, Eugene Goostman the chatbot that supposedly passed the Turing Test.  Beyond this, the conversation ranges near and far covering and whether it is ridiculous to suggest that Siri is a conscious being, reflective computing, NL interfaces and access to knowledge, communicating with wives, the effects of my diet, and the future of human languages when universal translation becomes widely available.” Read more

Is NLP the End of the Written Word?

Siri LogoJamie Carter of Tech Radar recently wrote, “With iOS devices now allowing the sending of voice messages and predictions for self-driving cars and voice-activated doors, lights and elevators (cue the internet of things), it’s clear that the future will be spoken, not written. The technology behind this shift in how we interact with our surroundings is natural language processing, a technology that enables computers to understand the meaning of our words and recognise the habits of our speech.” Read more

Social Robot Jibo Has Enough Charm to Raise Nearly $600K

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Kris Holt of Tech News World reports, “A crowdfunding campaign for Jibo, a little robot designed to become one of the family, kicked off Wednesday on Indiegogo, and with 29 days remaining, it already has raised more than US$577,000 — nearly six times its $100,000 target. The voice-controlled robot with a friendly face is a do-it-all personal assistant. Communicating with users in a human voice, it can learn individual preferences, relay messages and reminders, and function as a video conferencing device, for starters. It can take pictures, provide information from the Web or apps, order food and display e-books.” Read more

Oracle Social Cloud Expands Global Language Resources

OracleRichard Lefebvre of Oracle reports, “With organizations entering global marketplaces and engaging customers worldwide, Oracle Social Relationship Management (SRM), an Oracle Social Cloud business solution, has added advanced listening and monitoring support for Bahasa, Finnish, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Thai, and Turkish. The improvements reflect Oracle’s commitment to making social media a high value channel for customer engagement—enabling businesses to increase market penetration and deliver personalized and localized experiences. Oracle SRM now supports 18 languages with advanced keyword and Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA) listening. Oracle also offers natural language processing for sophisticated sentiment analysis in Chinese, English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish, with more to come.” Read more

Smarter Enterprise Data with Machine Learning and Cognitive Computing

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Jorge Garcia of Wired recently wrote, “IBM’s recent announcements of three new services based in Watson technology make it clear that there is pressure in the enterprise software space to incorporate new technologies, both in hardware and software, in order to keep pace with modern business. It seems we are approaching another turning point in technology where many concepts that were previously limited to academic research or very narrow industry niches are now being considered for mainstream enterprise software applications. Machine learning, along with many other disciplines within the field of artificial intelligence and cognitive systems, is gaining popularity, and it may in the not so distant future have a colossal impact on the software industry. This first part of my series on machine learning explores some basic concepts of the discipline and its potential for transforming the business intelligence and analytics space.” Read more

Adventure Game Uses Natural Language Understanding

Graphic of the Natural Language Understanding technical flow.An article written by Eugene Joseph of Gamasutra reveals that, “Bot Colony is an episodic single player adventure game that we launched on Steam’s Early Access on June 17. It has the distinction of being the first game that integrates unrestricted English dialogue into the game experience. While the Bot Colony Natural Language Understanding (NLU) pipeline cannot yet handle everything a player throws at it, it is able to understand enough that cooperative players can complete the game’s episodes (versions of the first two are available now on Steam Early Access). Language understanding is not limited to the minimum required to play the game – we actually hope that players will explore the boundaries of AI understanding and probe just how much a Bot Colony robot understands.”
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