Conversational AI: The Science Behind the Alexa Prize

2018-01-16T20:03:00+00:00 December 12th, 2017|AI, NLP, Machine Learning, Emerging Tech - AR, Cloud, Blockchain|Comments Off on Conversational AI: The Science Behind the Alexa Prize

Much work remains in the area of social conversation as well as free-form conversation over a broad range of domains and topics. To advance the state of the art in conversational AI, Amazon launched the Alexa Prize, a 2.5-million-dollar university competition where sixteen selected university teams were challenged to build conversational agents, known as “socialbots”, to converse coherently and engagingly with humans on popular topics such as Sports, Politics, Entertainment, Fashion and Technology for 20 minutes. This paper outlines the advances created by the university teams as well as the Alexa Prize team to achieve the common goal of solving the problem of Conversational AI.

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