Microsoft-powered AI chatbot ‘Jugalbandi’ is right here. All it’s worthwhile to know

Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled ‘Jugalbandi’, a brand new generative Synthetic Intelligence-driven chatbot on cellular units, which is right here to assist the folks residing in villages of India have simpler entry to authorities companies. The chatbot is being developed in collaboration with Microsoft Analysis and the government-backed AI4Bharat, an open-source language AI middle based mostly on the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras and OpenNyAI.

A villager in Haryana utilizing Jugalbandi AI chatbot on WhatsApp.(Microsoft/Youtube)

Microsoft defined the imaginative and prescient behind the bot in its weblog revealed Tuesday, saying that although enterprise and public life in India are largely carried out in English, merely 11 per cent of the inhabitants speaks the language, whereas 57 per cent of the inhabitants speaks Hindi. “That leaves vast numbers of the population unable to access government programs because of language barriers…Jugalbandi offers all Indians easy access to information in the local language through a mobile phone,” the corporate mentioned.

What are the options of Jugalbandi?

1)Folks related to Jugalbandi have hailed it as a ‘chatbot plus plus’ because it’s like “a personalized agent”. “It understands your exact problem in your language and then tries to deliver the right information reliably and cheaply, even if that exists in some other language in a database somewhere,” mentioned Abhigyan Raman, a mission officer at ‘AI4Bharat’.

2)The bot needs to be served with related prompts to generate solutions. The brand new technology AI bots are hailed as extra environment friendly attributable to their capacity to current a consolidated reply as an alternative of giving a protracted listing of hyperlinks to plough via, like in conventional net searches.

3)Jugalbandi in Hindi refers to a duet between two musicians in Indian classical music. The AI-driven assistant is powered by language fashions from ‘AI4Bharat’, a authorities initiative. It may be accessed via the cellular messaging system WhatsApp, which makes it straightforward to function, the corporate mentioned.

4)The made-in-India chatbot, at present in its nascent stage, is geared toward offering authorities help instruments on the fingertips of cellular customers. Up to now, it understands 10 of the 22 official Indian languages and covers 171 authorities packages.

How does it work?

Microsoft defined that one has to ship a textual content or audio message to a WhatsApp quantity, which initiates the chatbot. The message is transcribed to textual content utilizing the AI4Bharat speech recognition mannequin, then it’s translated into English by the Bhashini translation mannequin educated by AI4Bharat. Bhashini was launched by the federal government in July 2022, to supply language options as digital public items so that individuals can entry the web and digital companies in their very own language via rising applied sciences, Microsoft defined.

Its underlying expertise is OpenAI’s ChatGPT, due to this fact, based mostly on the prompts, “information on the relevant government scheme is retrieved, the answer is translated into Hindi, then it is synthesized with the AI4Bharat text-to-speech model and sent back to WhatsApp – and the villager’s ear,” the tech big mentioned.

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