AI – What is Natural Language Processing (NLP)

by Matt Heff

G’day mates! Are you curious about how computers can understand and generate human language? Well, you’re in luck – I also wanted to find out about AI and language. Since GPT has come along my obsession has turned towards Generative AI and AI in general, it has been a while since i studied AI and boy oh boy has the field come a long way since then so let me share what i know about natural language processing (NLP).

NLP is a field of artificial intelligence (AI) that focuses on making computers smart enough to understand and generate human language. It’s used in all sorts of applications, from chatbots to language translation to text analysis. And it’s an exciting and rapidly-evolving field that’s full of opportunities and challenges. At the moment this type of AI has exploded and looks to have advanced to a level that most of us that work with information will be able to benefit from its assistance. But how does it work?

At a high level, NLP involves two main stages: understanding language and generating language. Understanding language involves analyzing a piece of text and figuring out what it means, while generating language involves using a computer to produce text that sounds like it was written by a human. At this moment i personally believe with the correct prompt engineering you can get useable text/language from the AI.

To do this, NLP systems use a combination of rules and machine learning algorithms. Rules-based systems use pre-defined rules and patterns to analyze and generate language, while machine learning systems learn from examples of human language to develop their own rules and patterns. It’s like teaching a wee tot how to speak English – it takes a bit of training, but once they get the hang of it, they can be pretty darn good at it!

Overall, NLP is a fascinating field of AI that looks like it is going to revolutionize how we interact with technology and how we communicate. If you’re interested in computers and language, you should definitely check out NLP – it might just be the perfect field for you! And who knows, with a bit of hard work and a positive attitude, you might just be the one to teach that wee tot how to speak English!

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