Google‘s artificial intelligence (AI) team released a new tool to help researchers sift through the many coronavirus papers, journals and articles. This interesting news was brought to our attention by The Next Web in their article, “Google’s new AI-powered search tool helps researchers with coronavirus queries.”

The COVID-19 research explorer tool is a semantic search interface that sits on top of the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19).

Traditional search engines are capable of answering basic queries but when it comes to more pointed questions from researchers, these search engines and their keyword-based approach fail to deliver accurate results.

The CORD-19 database has over 50,000 journal articles and research papers related to coronavirus. Google uses a natural language understanding (NLU) based semantic search to answer those queries.

NLU is a branch of AI that uses computer software to understand input made in the form of sentences in text or speech format. NLU directly enables human-computer interaction.

This new tool comes at a time when mis-information and volume of information is making it difficult to know and understand what is fact and what is fake news.

Melody K. Smith

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