IBM sticks Watson’s brain into a friendly virtual assistant

9. 17. 15 by 
What It Is

Amelia is a friendly virtual assistant designed for business environments. According to BBC, she can’t do idle small talk yet — ask her where she lives and she says “right in front of you.” But what she can do is intelligently give directions for certain difficult tasks, like how to install fire and smoke alarms. Currently, she gives financial advice to a “large New York-baed investment house.” Creator Chetan Dube has been working on her for 17 years, and she uses advanced neural network artificial intelligence techniques.

The Implications

We’re going to be dealing with a lot of robots like this going forward, especially if there are tasks that require both skill and instruction. The bot can handle the instruction part just fine. Dube believes that she might be able to provide the brains for a “walking, talking” AI complete with a physical robotic body.

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