The following is an excerpt from Will Oremus | June 1, 2016 | Slate.com |
On Wednesday, the company announced a new, artificially intelligent language processing engine, called Deep Text. It applies a computer-science technique called deep learning to the old problem of teaching computers to understand human language. And it could mean big advances in Facebook’s most popular products, from Messenger to the Facebook news feed.
“This is a step toward building machines that can communicate with humans in a smart way,” said Hussein Mehana, an engineering director for Facebook’s applied machine learning team.
For instance: In Messenger, Facebook will use Deep Text to power chat bots that can talk to you more like a human, rather than simply offering a set of rote replies to queries. So if you say, “I need a taxi,” it will offer to find you a ride, but if you say “I just came out of a taxi,” it will know you probably don’t need another one. On the social network itself, Facebook testing ways to use the engine to filter out spam and abusive comments, and to identify posts in which users are trying to sell something, as in the screenshot below.
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