Jonas Mayer works in the Innovation Hacking Team of TNG Technology Consulting where his main focus lies on creating innovative showcases and prototypes in both soft- and hardware. Since 2018 he's been working on numerous projects ranging from real-time deepfakes, over mixed reality art experiences, all the way to autonomous miniature drones.
Prior to joining TNG, Jonas studied Informatics: Games Engineering at TU Munich. Apart from the obvious game projects throughout the course of his studies, he focused mainly on artificial intelligence and high performance computing.
Using modern AI approaches such as GPT-2, Tacotron and Conformers, we created fully autonomous robot heads that engage in heated social media discussions, completely taking the human out of the loop. The TNG Innovation Hacking Team created a prototype of an end-to-end natural language understanding system, employing techniques such as Speech-to-Text (STT), Conditional Text Generation and Text-To-Speech (TTS).
Social media comments have become the predominant medium for public discussion. However, discussions on Facebook, Twitter and Reddit are notorious for their poor debate culture and missing conclusiveness. The obvious solution to this tremendous waste of time is automation of such fruitless discussions using a bot.
In this talk, we will give an introduction to NLP, focussing on the concepts of STT, Text Generation and TTS. Using live demos, we will guide you through the process of scraping social media comments, training a text generation model, synthesising millions of voices and building IoT robot heads.