Facebook secret weapon for artificial intelligence: humans

©Reuters Facebook is turning to humans to power its artificial intelligence products, using its 1.5bn monthly users to teach machines how to fulfil almost any task. The world’s largest social network has increased investment in artificial intelligence and hired academic experts in the field, rethinking the AI playbook followed by rivals such as Google and Apple as they all develop voice-activated assistants to answer questions or anticipate needs. More On this topic IN Technology Alexandre Lebrun, head of Facebook’s artificial intelligence platform wit.ai, says the company was in a “unique situation” because of the vast amount of social data it has collected from users. Instead of creating instructions for a machine, as Apple, Microsoft and Google do, the company has formed a team of “AI trainers”. These are humans who…

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