eBay executive Hassan Sawaf, who is the Senior Director of Human Language Technology, will be talking at the SXSW conference and considering how eBay is working on search to be more intuitive, predictive and human using deep learning techniques.
Check out this video from Sawaf, where he explains the idea a bit:
According to the event blurb, the session will consider: “As we move into a world where machines learn how we act and what we want, a technique known as deep learning is coming to the forefront. Deep learning involves complex layers of calculations that allow machines to understand what would normally be way beyond their capabilities, such as identifying items based on single images from various angles. In this session, eBay’s Hassan Sawaf, Senior Director of Human Language Technology, will demonstrate how to utilize natural language processing and visual object recognition to understand users’ intent, and how this technology can distinguish whether users are buying or selling a pair of flip-flops or a pair of flats, when simply typing “footwear”.
Obviously, interesting developments with eBay search are vital but it’s difficult to see from this video exactly what Sawaf is planning.