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In an effort to grow the speech technology community in the Pacific Northwest, we will be hosting events throughout the year.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Talk by William Tunstall-Pedoe, founder and inventor of Evi

Abstract: Evi (formerly True Knowledge) is a Cambridge, England based business specializing in the automatic answering of questions on any subject. Amazon acquired the business in October 2012 and thus now has a team with this expertise (and a Cambridge-based development center). The Evi smartphone application (iPhone and Android) can already answer unlimited numbers of open-domain questions asked by customers using voice. This talk will explain the deep technology behind the application, the problems and challenges the team have had and what is needed to scale to a world where everyone has instant access to all available information simply by asking for it.

The speaker, William Tunstall-Pedoe was the founder of Evi, the inventor of its technology and the CEO of the business for most of its history prior to acquisition. William is a Cambridge University computer science graduate but his career has been in business, developing AI applications and marketing them through businesses he has founded. Previous products include a commercial chess-playing program, the first and only program which can solve and explain cryptic crossword clues and the AI anagram-generating software which was used by Dan Brown to create the anagrams that appeared in the Da Vinci Code book and movie.



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