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Language, Context, and Action: A Semantic Machines View of Conversational AI
Dan Klein

Task-oriented dialog is inherently about contextual action: users address the system from a specific context and the system must decide what to do in response. This talk will present some of the core principles of the Semantic Machines team's approach to conversational AI: program synthesis for action prediction, compositionality for handling complex tasks, metacomputation for reference and revision, error handling for dialog management, and dynamic generation for truthful output. I will also mention ways in which real-world constraints can help to inform the design of conversational systems.

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Dan Klein (UC Berkeley)

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