Generally speaking, the term virtual assistant means a person who assistants you via the internet. But scientists want to create virtual virtual assistants — ones who are capable of doing complicated tasks beyond scheduling meets. Artificial intelligence (AI) has that possibility.
“Researchers at Stanford University decided to approach the problem by using descriptions of everyday human activities found in online fiction, namely 600,000 stories from 500,000 writers at online writing community WattPad – input totalling 1.8 billion words – to inform a new knowledge base called Augur, designed to power vector machines in making predictions about what an individual user might be about to do, or want to do next.”
Rarely does a story come along that combines our interests of computers and fiction. WattPad is a ripe environment for training a computer to understand our daily activities, but it doesn’t teach computers about everything.
One of the more amusing conclusions from the authors is this: “If fiction were truly representative of our lives, we might be constantly drawing swords and kissing in the rain” (Augur @ Stanford). Ah if only that was our day-to-day lives!
Read the rest of the article at The Stack.