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Facebook makes AI bot-building research open to all

Facebook has made its bots available and open for all to study it. Facebook says that it will be under its AI Research (FAIR) lab's mission to help researchers by making their work available to all. Called fastText, the library of code is now available on Github for public use and scrutiny, and will require a compiler with "good C++11 support.

  • Updated: August 19, 2016 5:35 PM IST
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Want to learn how Facebook trains its artificial intelligence (AI) bots? Take the lessons from the social media giant itself and that to absolutely free. In a bid to help researchers and engineers, Facebook has made its AI bot-building research available in the form of fastText library — an open-sourced platform. Part of the Facebook AI Research (FAIR) lab, the fastText library can cut language training from days to seconds. Ultimately, we hope that fastText will help us all design better applications and further advance the research in language understanding, FAIR said in a statement. Also Read - WhatsApp announces rollout of end-to-end encrypted backups for Android, iOS

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Budding AI developers can look to the library for help. The library of code is now available on Github for public use and scrutiny and will require a compiler with “good C++11 support, the report added. According to Facebook, fastText is much quicker than other learning methods. It can train models “on more than one billion words in less than 10 minutes using a standard multi-core CPU.” Such a move can also encourage developers to focus on building for Facebook’s platform first, the report added.

Moving a step further, bots only assisted you in making purchases on Facebook Messenger, but from now on these bots can directly send you advertisements and subscription messages. If you re worried about spam, Facebook has emphasized that the user is in control. Also, no promotional content is allowed. ALSO READ: Facebook Messenger Bots: Here s how to use them

The subscribers to any brand s Messenger feed will get messages unprompted and more regularly. If subscribers reply to a message, the conversation will switch into standard messaging mode. The new subscription options are starting in beta for companies involved in news, productivity and personal trackers (bots used for fitness, health wellness and finance). With this service, Facebook wants to monetize its one billion monthly Messenger users.

There are reportedly 18,000 bots on the service and 23,000 companies using Facebook s deep-learning tech that enables natural language recognition.

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  • Published Date: August 19, 2016 5:30 PM IST
  • Updated Date: August 19, 2016 5:35 PM IST



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