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  • Being KRISTINA: The Question Answering soul that drives the AI mind

    May 29, 2017, by lpmayos

    With the introduction of the first smartphone around ten years ago many people have come to grabs with a new kind of technology that surprised them, as they never thought that their lives would benefit from it as much as they did. The next surprise in this technological journey came five years later, when virtual assistants, a “fairytale” whose origins date back to the 60’s, were introduced in smartphones. It was not just an evolution, it was a breakthrough! Even more so when one considers that these assistants operate from a portable gadget that sits in the palm of ...

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  • Standards in Kristina’s Avatar; Meeting between ARIA-VALUSPA and KRISTINA

    March 22, 2017, by lpmayos

    Last month, a workshop between the members of KRISTINA and ARIA-VALUSPA, another H2020 project on interactive virtual agents, was held in Dagstuhl (a computer science centre in the south-west of Germany). During this workshop several meetings to discuss different disciplines that creating interactive virtual agents involves took place.

    From a post of the ARIA-VALUSPA project (by Merijn Bruijnes):
    “The ARIA VALUSPA project (Artificial Retrieval of Information Assistants – Virtual Agents with Linguistic Understanding, Social skills, and Personalised Aspects) aims to create Artificial Retrieval of Information Assistants (ARIAs) that are capable of holding multi-modal social interactions in challenging and unexpected situations. The ...

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