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Wit.ai is shutting down Bot Engine as Facebook rolls NLP into its updated Messenger Platform

Wit.ai announced this morning in a blog post that it would be sunsetting its Bot Engine. The Facebook-owned company builds developer tools for natural language processing to help engineers build speech and text chatbots faster and with less technical experience. Bot Engine launched as a beta in April of 2016. The tool let developers train their own bots using sample conversations sharing similar structure. These examples could stand infor real conversations and be updated with authentic conversation logs to fine-tune. The goal was to allow for the training of a…

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Ticketmasters chatbot for Facebook is actually not terrible

A lot of chatbots have launched on Facebook in recent months, but the Ticketmaster bot launching today is among the best that Ive been forced to work with. Normally I avoid reaching out to businesses through Facebook (it still doesnt seem like a natural channel to me and Im old), but theres real utility in Ticketmasters bot if youre willing to give up a certain amount of privacy. The bots natural language processing works well and not as programmatically as some others Ive had to deal with. Instead of walking…

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At AI bot startups, cool kids rule

Joanna Glasner is a reporter for Crunchbase. More posts by this contributor: The state of the unicorn CrunchBase Spotlight: Data hints at down rounds, but not wipeout, for marketplace lending You would think at least one AI-powered humanoid bot would have a properly nerdy name. Maybe a Poindexter or Hildegarde to add some natural language processing to your customer chat app? No such luck. Instead, it sounds like the cool kids are in charge at most digital assistant and bot startups. Think short, peppy names that top the popular baby name lists….

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Microsoft Maluuba teaches management 101 to machines in its first paper since being acquired

In mid-January, the ongoing race for AI put Montreal-based Maluuba on our radar. Microsoft acquired the startup and its team of researchers to build better machine intelligence tools for analyzing unstructured text to enable more natural human computer interaction think bots that can actually respond with reasonable intelligence to a text you send. The team dropped its first paper since being acquiredand it sheds light on the groups priorities. The paper outlines a method for multi-advisor reinforcement learning that breaks problems down to besimpler and more easily computable.In oversimplified terms,…

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