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1 December 2023

Natural Language Processing: a bridge between humans and computers

Natural Language Processing (NLP) is a dynamic field of computer science and Artificial Intelligence (AI) whose goal is to bridge the communication gap between us and our digital homonyms.

In a world where technology continues to evolve at an incredible pace, the search for more intuitive and natural interactions between humans and computers has become a top priority.

In its essence, NLP is about using algorithms and models to analyse, interpret and even generate human language. These algorithms are specifically designed to enable machines to understand written and spoken words, offering concise and relevant answers or understanding the subtle nuances of our requests.

NLP encompasses a wide range of activities, from sentiment analysis and text classification to machine translation, nominal entity recognition and text summarisation. Through these extraordinary capabilities, NLP strives to improve our interactions with information technology and take computer systems’ understanding of human language to new levels.

NLP’s ultimate ambition is to enable computers to establish more natural and spontaneous interactions with us. Imagine talking to a virtual assistant that understands your questions effortlessly and answers them with human-like clarity. NLP is what makes this possible.

Of course, the path to seamless communication between humans and computers is not without its challenges. One of the most significant obstacles is equipping machines with the ability to understand the inherent complexity and ambiguity of human language. Words can have different meanings depending on the context and expressions can vary widely, making it challenging for NLP algorithms to grasp the intended message accurately.


The NLP landscape

NLP algorithms are based on a wide range of technologies, which are evolving at a very rapid pace, leading to a continuous expansion in both the number and types of technologies over the years. Some of the main technologies that have been widely used include:

  • Rule-based systems
  • Ontologies
  • Knowledge graphs
  • Machine Learning
  • Deep Learning
  • Large language models

To achieve its ambitious goals, NLP relies heavily on vast amounts of natural language data from various sources and contexts. This data is the basis for training Machine Learning models, enabling them to learn patterns, associations and relationships within language, similar to how humans understand it. This is one of the ways in which machines begin to understand the complexities of human language.

In this era of innovation, Natural Language Processing is emerging as a game-changer in the field of communication between humans and computers. It not only enriches our technological experiences, but also allows us to access and disseminate information with ease.

The Almawave approach

At Almawave, Natural Language Processing is not just a part of what we do: it is our passion and the driving force behind all our ideas. Our mission is to empower other organisations by providing cutting-edge NLP solutions that transform the way they operate.

We firmly believe that Natural Language Processing has the potential to revolutionise every aspect of business. By harnessing the power of NLP, organisations can achieve extraordinary results with less effort, minimising the impact of repetitive tasks on their teams. This new efficiency allows people to focus on high value-added activities where humans make a difference in their work.

Almawave takes a distinctive approach to Natural Language Processing called Composite AI. By seamlessly combining Machine Learning, Deep Learning (using pre-trained models), reasoning and knowledge graph, it improves performance, user experience, transparency and explicitness. This combination enables our solutions to discover new possibilities, identify patterns, extract insights and deliver customised results, ultimately increasing user satisfaction.