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Google Introduces AI-Powered Games

Nick Statt writes in The Verge that “Google today announced a pair of new artificial intelligence [AI] experiments from its research division that let web users dabble in semantics and natural language processing. … [T]hese advances in AI are integral to its business and to its goals of making software that can understand and parse elements of human language.” The first is Talk to Books, which “lets you converse with a machine learning-trained algorithm that surfaces answers to questions with relevant passages from human-written text.” When you make a statement or ask a question, it responds with sentences from books that provide relevant responses.

“It is a legitimately neat and super polished product,” according to Statt. “Ask it a question like ‘why is the sky blue?’ and you’ll get a number of different answers displayed in clear text, sourced from books on the subject, like, ‘The Rayleigh scattering of light by molecules in the atmosphere gets stronger as the wavelength decreases.’… Of course, as you might suspect, there are some limitations here. The tool is better for answering raw factual questions and doesn’t perform quite as well handling complex geopolitical questions or topics of modern cultural and historical importance.” He concludes, “Talk to Books is a fun way to explore the web in a semantically natural way.”

For more information and to learn about the second AI experiment Google released, read the article.

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