Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:55 pm–2:35 pm

MetaLang: Introducing a Knowledge-Based Conversational Agent

The session features a presentation contrasting ELIZA-style chatbots (including “neural chatbots”) with true conversational agents and delving in detail into the bundle of technologies needed to realize the latter.

The presentation will be followed by a demonstration of several conversational agents created with such technologies. Among the real-life examples will be an interactive resume bot, which enables hiring managers to conduct a simulated interview of a virtual job applicant.

Takeaways include:

  • An understanding of the technologies behind successful conversational agents, and of how to determine the right mix of technologies for meeting business goals
  • An ability to readily assess chatbots and differentiate true knowledge-based agents from keyword-spotting ELIZA clones
  • An appreciation for the complexities that lie behind human conversational abilities generally, and what it takes to enable a machine to simulate those abilities
  • An appraisal of where the field stands today, where it should go next, and how to get there
Bill DeSmedt
amber productions, inc.
Bill DeSmedt
amber productions, inc.
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