Story time can help social networks make advances in artificial intelligence

Human children learn about the world around them from stories and fables, and now, thanks to the free online library Project Gutenberg, so does Facebook’s AI.

Facebook recently released the data sets it’s been using to train its neural network. Classics like The Jungle Book, Peter Pan, Little Women and Alice in Wonderland are helping the social network better understand the way people communicate.

“Our team taught the computer to look at the context of a sentence and much more accurately predict those more difficult words—nouns and names—which are often the most important parts of sentences,” said Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook in a post.

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