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Monday, May 29, 2017

Bots Asking Questions

A natural next step.  In any conversation, questions go in both directions.  With initiative from both sides. To test understanding, but also to establish context and progress towards a goal.  To gather information to feed algorithms.   To link with expertise, human and artificial.  Still not easily modeled well, but will be crucial for assistants.  How natural must such interaction be?

Inquisitive bot asks questions to test your understanding
By Matthew Reynolds

Inquisitive artificial intelligence that asks questions about things it reads could be used to quiz students in class. The question-asking ability would also help chatbots with the back and forth of human conversation.

AI is usually on the receiving end of queries, says Xinya Du at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Du and his colleagues have turned the tables by building a system that has learned to ask questions of its own.

This is something that people have been wanting to do for a long time, says Karen Mazidi at the University of Dallas in Texas. Previous attempts by other people using hand-coded rules haven’t been particularly successful. .... " 

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