Computer Sciences

There's a reason AI is so bad at conversation

"I'm sorry, I didn't quite get that." Anyone who has ever tried to have a deeper conversation with a virtual assistant like Siri knows how frustrating it can be. That's despite the fact that AI systems like it are increasingly ...

Energy & Green Tech

Scientists pioneer a new way to turn sunlight into fuel

The quest to find new ways to harness solar power has taken a step forward after researchers successfully split water into hydrogen and oxygen by altering the photosynthetic machinery in plants.

Energy & Green Tech

Dual-layer solar cell sets record for efficiently generating power

Materials scientists from the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering have developed a highly efficient thin-film solar cell that generates more energy from sunlight than typical solar panels, thanks to its double-layer design.

Computer Sciences

Predicting when online conversations turn toxic

The internet offers the potential for constructive dialogue and cooperation, but online conversations too often degenerate into personal attacks. In hopes that those attacks can be averted, Cornell researchers have created ...

Software

XiaoIce: When a chatbot chat moves up to human-sounding flow

Do this, do that. Talking with voice assistants is not like talking to humans and, as helpful as it is to be near the technology, we know the difference. A surprising turn has materialized, however, and it is in the form ...

Computer Sciences

Crowd workers, AI make conversational agents smarter

Conversational agents such as Siri, Alexa and Cortana are great at giving you the weather, but are flummoxed when asked for unusual information, or follow-up questions. By adding humans to the loop, Carnegie Mellon University ...

Energy & Green Tech

Halogens can increase solar cell performance by 25 per cent

New research from the University of British Columbia and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that using halogens—a class of elements that include fluoride, bromine, chlorine and iodine—in a dye-sensitized ...

Computer Sciences

Wearable AI system can detect a conversation's tone

It's a fact of nature that a single conversation can be interpreted in very different ways. For people with anxiety or conditions such as Asperger's, this can make social situations extremely stressful. But what if there ...

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Conversation

Conversation is a form of interactive, spontaneous communication between two or more people who are following rules of etiquette.

Conversation analysis is a branch of sociology which studies the structure and organization of human interaction, with a more specific focus on conversational interaction.

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