This AI makes neologisms by portmanteau-ing the English language

Yesterday a smart person named Thomas Dimson, who formerly wrote “the algorithm” at Instagram, launched a site that uses the Natural Language Processing (NLP) algorithm: Transformers, and OpenAI‘s infamous GPT-2 AI-powered text generator, to generate and define new English words, and use them in a sentence.

It’s called This Word Does Not Exist, and it has so far created gems such as:

A disclaimer at the bottom of the site reads: Words are not reviewed and may reflect bias in the training set.

You can also write your own neologism and the AI will define it for you. It’s a fun diversion, but does it have any use? Probably not in this form. But it speaks to how AI may be used in the fun-and-games side of life, but also how it may ultimately shape the foundations of how we communicate.

Why it’s hot:

It’s fun to participate in the creation of something new (without having to work too hard), and language is the perfect playground for experimentation.

As AI becomes more influential in our daily lives, it’s interesting (and perhaps a little disturbing) to imagine the ways in which it may take part in creating the very words we use to communicate. What else might AI give us that we have heretofore considered to be the exclusive domain of humans?

Source: TheNextWeb

Uses Public Feedback to Zen Out Through Social

Koko is a social network that attempts to calm users’ minds using a source of crowdsourced cognitive therapy. The network was founded on the idea that when people are stressed out they tend to become isolated and can often be too embarrassed to talk about their problems, however we are really stronger together. So, Koko gives users an outlet to anonymously post about their problem and receive advice and ideas for ways of coping.

More specifically, users can write about their topic of concern and other users can browse what has been written and help them through feedback. These can then be upvoted by the community to increase visibility, with all posts also moderated in real-time.

In a randomized controlled trial, a web-based version of Koko outperformed an existing intervention method on a host of psychological outcome measures. The results were analyzed by researchers at MIT, Northwestern and Columbia, with the findings being published in a leading medical journal.

Koko is currently available as a free app on iTunes.

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Why It’s Hot 

Koko is certaintly not the first company that is powered by collective intelligence, Wikipedia just to name one, but it interesting how they are using it to help promote well-being. And the idea of posting about your feelings on social is certainly not new but perhaps with the focus on anonymity and a community that wants to help one and other could differentiate itself. I do however still have several questions that may affect the effectiveness of the app – like is platform monitored? Would negative or insensitive feedback be deleted? Is there a risk management plan in place for severely depressed users that are contemplating suicide, are they promoting outside sources for users to seek help? etc. etc.

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