Cardiff University makes virtual assistant who can teach




Researchers at Cardiff University have developed a virtual assistant who can learn from its user. Although it is still in an experimental stage, the authors claim that their system “smarter” than existing virtual assistants.

One of the creators of the Virtual Assistant, which bears the name Sherlock, gave examples of the self-learning abilities in an interview with the BBC. For example, the user can tell Sherlock that he or she always takes the train to work, and then only to get travel information from this mode of transport. The virtual assistant can crowdsource information; An example is asking a user how long he or she is already in the queue. Once this information has been gained, it can be passed on. For speech, use is made of systems for natural language which have been developed by IBM.


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