Online chat is one of the fastest-growing customer support channels, especially with Millennials. In today’s world, supporting international customers via chat requires hiring native speaking agents for multiple languages - a scarce and costly resource. But with numerous advancements in language technology, and in particular, machine translation (MT) and dialogue systems, this can easily be automated.
However, current MT systems are still too brittle and impractical: first, they require too much data and computing power, failing for domains or languages where labeled data is scarce; secondly, they do not capture contextual information (e.g. current MT systems work on a sentence-by-sentence basis, ignoring the conversational context); thirdly, fully automatic systems lack human empathy and fail on unexpected scenarios, often leading to low customer satisfaction.
With MAIA, we’re developing a multilingual conversational platform where AI agents will assist human agents. This approach will overcome the above limitations through: