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NLP: The new global language


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Mike McNamara
Mike McNamara

Natural language processing—also known as NLP. Also known as conversational AI. Also known as talking robots. Whatever you want to call it, a conversational AI system talks like a human, understands context, and provides intelligent responses.

NLP is just getting started. According to Gartner, by 2022, up to 70% of people will be interacting with conversational AI platforms daily. From smart assistants to search engines, predictive text, and recommender systems, NLP is the new global language. And it’s already all around you.

#1: Creditworthiness assessments

NLP can be used to generate credit scores based on data such as geolocation, social media activity, browsing behavior, peer networks, and more.

#2: Clinical trial matching

Getting patient participation for clinical trials can be difficult, mostly because people don’t know that trials are available. With NLP, researchers and manufacturers can automatically match patients to clinical trials.

#3: Law enforcement

Police departments use NLP to determine motives for crimes to increase safety, reduce violence, and make policing more humane.

#4: Vehicle maintenance

NLP makes it easier for drivers to keep their vehicles in top shape. Instead of flipping through a thick user manual, owners simply need to ask their vehicle questions like “Which warning light is showing?” and “How do I change a fuse?”

#5: Aircraft repair

NLP helps mechanics synthesize information from huge service manuals to increase their understanding of problems reported by pilots.

NetApp speaks your language

With NetApp® ONTAP® AI, powered by NVIDIA DGX systems and NetApp cloud-connected all-flash storage systems, massive, state-of-the-art language models can be trained and optimized to perform inference rapidly. A data fabric powered by NetApp simplifies data management across the AI data pipeline, from edge to core to cloud:

  • Remove bottlenecks to enable more efficient data collection, accelerate AI workloads, and smooth cloud integration.
  • Support seamless, cost-effective data movement across a hybrid multicloud environment.
  • Reduce complexity and expand your AI opportunities and success.

Ready to start chatting with your AI? We can’t teach your pet to talk, but we can give you the tools you need to get your AI spitting out answers faster than a Jeopardy contestant.

Check out our e-book for more about natural language processing and our solutions for AI.

Mike McNamara

Mike McNamara is a senior product and solution marketing leader at NetApp with over 25 years of data management and cloud storage marketing experience. Before joining NetApp over ten years ago, Mike worked at Adaptec, Dell EMC, and HPE. Mike was a key team leader driving the launch of a first-party cloud storage offering and the industry’s first cloud-connected AI/ML solution (NetApp), unified scale-out and hybrid cloud storage system and software (NetApp), iSCSI and SAS storage system and software (Adaptec), and Fibre Channel storage system (EMC CLARiiON).

In addition to his past role as marketing chairperson for the Fibre Channel Industry Association, he is a member of the Ethernet Technology Summit Conference Advisory Board, a member of the Ethernet Alliance, a regular contributor to industry journals, and a frequent event speaker. Mike also published a book through FriesenPress titled "Scale-Out Storage - The Next Frontier in Enterprise Data Management" and was listed as a top 50 B2B product marketer to watch by Kapos.

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