How Wavii understands news (Reporters' Roundtable)

The semantic processing technology of the Wavii news reader seems like magic, but it's really just good natural language processing. The company's founder and chief scientist explains.

The startup Wavii fascinates me. I've spend a career honing my writing and analysis skills, and here comes a punk startup that can read what I write and summarize it in a clear headline that's often better than my own.

How does it do it? Is my job threatened? I sat down with the CEO of Wavii, Adrian Aoun, and we talked about how the product works, why he built it, and how it traces its lineage back to the famous linguist Noam Chomsky.

For more on Wavii, read my review, Wavii groks the news so you don't have to.

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Show notes

[0:50] Adrian Aoun introduced

[1:15] Aoun introduces Wavii: It's like Facebook for news

[3:20] "When Facebook bought Instagram, it didn't change its relationship status."

[4:00] Why do we need a timeline, when the news is already in front of us?

[7:00] How does Wavii do what it does: Write headlines that are better than what a story's author writes?

[10:00] What is the Wavii technology based on? How is it different from or the same as how people learn language?

[12:50] How did you come to work in the field?

[16:00] How does Wavii use social network or other signals?

[20:00] What is the role of the writer, then?

[23:00] Wrap-up

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