Artificial intelligence might be the latest buzzword(s) in the tech world, but anyone who has used an intelligent personal agent like Apple's Siri or Amazon's Alexa knows that challenges still exist in areas like speech recognition and machine translation.
Language Technologies Professor Alan Black agrees, and has been featured in two recent articles about AI research.
In the Forbes article "Meet the AI Team Powering Facebook's Language Tech Efforts," Black comments on Facebook's two-year effort to challenge companies like Google and Microsoft, who have been working on language understanding and translation tools for much longer.
"Facebook's a bit behind because they've only recently started,” Black told Forbes. "But they can catch up."
Black was also mentioned in a Consumers Digest article, "New-Age Apps," that discusses the roadblocks to designing intelligent agents that are truly humanlike. "Alan Black, who is a speech-technology expert at Carnegie Mellon University, says the work ahead must account for the overlaps, interruptions and hesitations that are common to human speech," the article noted.