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PolyAI Blog

Explore posts from PolyAI’s team of conversational AI experts that cover topics including deep dives into the tech behind our voice assistants, tips to building the best voice assistant, news in the conversational AI industry and more.

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The State of Conversational AI Today

There’s been so much hype around conversational AI that – unless you’re a researcher in the field – it’s difficult to know what’s possible and what’s not. From sloppy Facebook Messenger chatbots to fully sentient robot friends – the spectrum of AI in popular culture and our everyday lives is broad. The shift to conversation-driven […]

Towards Composing Multilingual Conversations

Speaking more languages simply means reaching more people. This statement is equally true when it relates to humans or to conversational AI systems. The transformative nature of polyglot AI technology opens up new opportunities by catering to wider audiences and offering multilingual solutions. At PolyAI, our mission is to overcome the language barriers through our […]

A Repository of Conversational Datasets

Progress in Machine Learning is often driven by large datasets and consistent evaluation metrics. To this end, PolyAI is releasing a collection of conversational datasets consisting of hundreds of millions of examples, and a standardised evaluation framework for models of conversational response selection. Conversational response selection, the task of identifying a correct response to a […]

The Magic Triangle of Dialogue Data Collection

Data is the driving force behind all our machine learning models. Although the word data itself buzzes a lot, the craft of getting and leveraging data for building conversational AI is unknown to many. A simple yet governing credo here at PolyAI is “no good data, no conversational AI” — which is also where our culture of […]

Neural Language Understanding of People’s Names

This is a deep-dive into one of the problems we face when we model dialogue: understanding mentions of people’s names in a restaurant booking system. This article presents how we approached the problem and solved it using some creative neural network structures. At PolyAI, we use datasets of billions of conversations and unstructured natural language […]

Towards AI-Assisted Customer Support Automation

There is a growing need for customer support automation using the latest AI technology, and it has the potential to completely change the industry landscape. The following roadmap outlines how PolyAI plans to achieve the ambition through step-by-step milestones, which also provide insights to contact center owners on how technology can be leveraged to transform […]

Moving from Engineering to Orchestrating Conversations

The idea of engineering chatbots has failed us for way too long. It’s time to embrace a new philosophy and start orchestrating conversations, through data! At PolyAI, it has been the cornerstone of an approach which has empowered us to innovate and challenge the status quo. Ever since the imitation game was proposed by Turing […]

The Age of Personal Assistants: More Machine Learning, Less Hand-Crafting!

The first phone call was placed on March 10, 1876. Graham Bell shouted at his assistant: “Mr Watson, come here — I want to see you!” This was a game changer. For the first time in history, we had real-time remote communication, and with it, the ability to remotely automate all kinds of services. In his case, […]