Facebook’s Head of AI Wants to Teach Chatbots Common Sense

Facebook’s Yann LeCun speaks with Cade Metz at WIRED’s 2016 Business Conference.Bryan Derballa for WIREDFacebook is already disconcertingly good at recognizing faces in photos. But the company’s director of artificial intelligence research, Yann LeCun, wants to push AI even further. Today at the 2016 WIRED Business Conference, he said he wants to teach chatbots common sense. That’s an important part of Facebook’s goal of enabling its Facebook M virtual assistant to actually understand the things you ask it to do. Today, Facebook M is powered in part by humans. But eventually Facebook wants to power the entire thing with AI. LeCun is the founding father of deep learning, one of the most important branches of artificial intelligence today. Deep learning techniques are used for everything from the algorithms that filter…

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