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

MetaLang: Introducing a Knowledge-Based Conversational Agent

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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
President, amber productions, inc.
Bill DeSmedt
Senior Ontologist, NTENT, Inc.
President, amber productions, inc.
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