Here’s an interesting story about data analytics, specifically NLP, and data visualization can breathe new life into classic works of literature.

Phil Harvey, a Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft in the UK, used the company’s Text Analytics API on 19 of The Bard’s plays. The API, which is available to anyone as part of Microsoft’s Azure Cognitive Services, can be used to identify sentiment and topics in text, as well as pick out key phrases and entities. This API is one of several Natural Language Processing (NLP) tools available on Azure.

As an added bonus, I think there should be an AMC series set in Elizabethan times mirroring the events of Breaking Bad.

Natural Language Processing (NLP) is the field of Artificial Intelligence dedicated to enabling computers to understand and communicate in human language.

NLP is only a few decades old, but we’ve made significant progress in that time.

In this video, Siraj Raval covers how its changed over the years, then how you can easily build an NLP app that can either classify or summarize text.

This is incredibly powerful technology that anyone can freely use.

OpenAI raised some eyebrows last month when it announced it had figured out a way to get an AI to write more naturally. They, however, decided not to release their entire research for fear that it could cause havoc.

From an article in The Register.

Last month, researchers at OpenAI revealed they had built software that could perform a range of natural language tasks, from machine translation to text generation. Some of the technical details were published in a paper, though the majority of materials was withheld for fear that it could be used maliciously to create spam-spewing bots or churn out tons of fake news. Instead, OpenAI released a smaller and less effective version nicknamed GPT-2-117M.

Storytelling is at the heart of human nature and Natural Language Processing is a field that is driving a revolution in the computer-human interaction. That is what makes AI Pix2Story so fascinating. Watch and see see how to teach an AI to be creative, be inspired by a picture and take it to another level.


AI Lab Pix2Story link
https://ailab.microsoft.com/experiments/7feda326-186c-494b-9b12-fbb41f1dce0c
Pix2Story Azure Website link
http://pix2story.azurewebsites.net

In this episode of Visual Studio Toolbox, Robert Green talks to Sam Basu about what it takes to build a bot.

A bot is software that interacts with humans to do things like chat, make recommendations, book travel and more. This is the first of a two part series where Sam Basu shows us how to build bots. What are the tools we use and how do they work? Once you understand that, you can think about how you can use them in ways that help your customers. 

Anna Thomas has been collecting notes for the past two years from field members (internal and external) who have developed complex LUIS models. In this video, learn some of the limitations or challenges that are faced when you try to deploy enterprise-ready LUIS models at scale, and how they can be addressed.

The related blog post can be found at https://aka.ms/luis-notes. The related video on botbuilder-tools is here.

Two years ago, I said that Data Science and AI will impact developers of all stripes. This episode of the Xamarin show bares out my prediction.

In this episode, Sam Basu from Progress delivers a full run down of conversational UI for bots leveraging Telerik UI for Xamarin. Sam walks us through what a bot is, how to create one, and how developers can be productive leveraging Telerik’s new controls for building out conversations.

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