Introduction to Bert

(towardsml.com)

148 points | by seshagiric 11 days ago

4 comments

  • inertiatic 11 days ago

    I was hoping this would be more comprehensive, breaking down the transformer architecture as well. Anyone got a resource like this?

  • hinkley 11 days ago

    You know how in movies the "alien" learned the language and customs from popular media and so the story pokes fun at them for how oddly they behave (and how odd our popular media is). From this article, it seems like NLP people are essentially worried about the same thing happening.

    Now I have a vision of Dan Akroyd and Steve Martin -esque computers announcing that "we are... two wild and crrrazy guys!"

    • bitwize 10 days ago

      That was a movie too -- Short Circuit (1986).

      "Wouldn't you like to be a Pepper too?"

    • RickJWagner 11 days ago

      A timely post, as December is prime 'Bert' month.

      If Bert & Ernie are only Sesame Street characters to you, please watch "It's a Wonderful Life" (carefully) this holiday season. I think that's where Sesame Street got the names.

      • emmelaich 11 days ago

        Interesting, but a little Googling tells me that the writers deny that. It's just a coincidence.

        Perhaps Jim Henson subconsciously remembered them though.

      • Communitivity 10 days ago

        I went there expecting something about Binary Erlang Term (BERT) [1]. It's unfortunate the acronym clashes, though with so many acronyms it is bound to happen. Interesting article though.

        [1] http://bert-rpc.org/