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Fluenty: Bringing Artificial Intelligence into Your Smartphone

By Saad Ayub

Most smart watches today come with a clever feature of preset responses to messages received by the user. So in case you’re not near your phone, you can directly reply to a message, choosing one of the answers in the list. This feature is a step up from the template answers one could (and still can) use on most phones. Now imagine that your Smartphone can suddenly become capable of intelligently predicting (and creating) answers to messages you receive.

That’s what a South Korean startup is promising, with its application named Fluenty. By supplying examples of our writing to Artificial Intelligence, the application can learn to predict our responses to messages and chats. Fluenty takes existing data from the user’s messaging applications and more importantly, from social media platforms such as Facebook. Also, the application has access to more than ‘500 million public conversations from the web.

The application claims that by using ‘natural language understanding technology’, it reads the messages, interprets what it means, and then offers up a selection of timely and relevant responses the user can send with a single touch.

Another feature is that of linking contextual information: the application can automatically send links relevant to the on-going conversation: maybe a map to a restaurant or the latest video from an artist – the possibilities are immense.

And in case one is worried about privacy, fluenty promises to anonymize messages and chats so they are not associated with a specific email address or other identifying information’.

The application works alongside most popular chat applications including whatsapp, Facebook messenger, Hangouts, Kakaotalk and regular sms as well. The keyword here is alongside, as the user does not have to go into a different program to use fluenty, just give it the required permissions, and it will go to work in whichever application you choose.

And because fluenty is based wholly on the user’s input, eventually it can show patterns and reflections of the user’s chat habits as well.

In the future, Fluenty can be integrated into smart car telematics and smart home systems, making texting safer and more convenient – it may also be integrated into devices for people with illnesses that prevent them from speaking or talking.

And as with all applications that analyse user input, the more you use fluenty, the better it will become.

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