News | 11 September 2014

Teaching Computers the Nuances of Human Conversation


Computer scientists have successfully developed programs to recognize spoken language, as in automated phone systems that respond to voice prompts and voice-activated assistants like Apple’s Siri. But according to Marilyn Walker, professor of computer science at UC Santa Cruz, natural language processing is now so good that the failure of these systems to respond in a natural way has become glaringly obvious.

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