Google Is Using 2865 Romance Novels To Get Smarter

Photographed by Jessica Nash. Although romance novels regularly top the New York Times’ bestseller lists, they’re often seen more as pleasure reads (no pun intended) than educational literature. But Google’s recent use of this genre may shift that widely held perception.The company has fed its artificial intelligence system 2,865 romance novels in an attempt to make various Google products more conversational and natural during user interactions, Buzzfeed first reported.Why romance? “Romance novels are good for training a neural net to understand language because they tend to express the same ideas lots of different ways,” says Jason Freidenfelds, a senior communications manager at Google. “There are only so many romance novel plots, but you have to keep writing new versions. That means the system learns lots of ways to phrase a…

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