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Google’s New AI Can Answer Dumb IT Questions or Tell You the Meaning of Life

The search giant has a fresh development in artificial intelligence that could one day lead to a wise personal assistant

A robot could answer your next call to tech support, thanks to new artificial intelligence research at Google. The company taught computers how to have context-sensitive discussions with people about issues ranging from philosophy to humdrum IT help-desk tasks. It was outlined in a research paper published by the company last week.

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