- Sberbank created chat-bots for three endangered languages.
- The project uses artificial intelligence technology.
To the Day of national unity, the savings Bank has prepared a cultural and educational initiative on endangered languages. In Russia speak more than 160 different languages, with about one hundred languages of indigenous peoples of the country could disappear within the next decades. Sberbank is the largest Bank in the country with an extensive network of branch offices in all corners of Russia. As a socially responsible organization, Sberbank is looking for opportunities for cultural preservation and identity of the multinational population of the country. In the implementation of a pilot version of the selected three languages:
- Nganasan, the language of the indigenous population of the Taimyr Peninsula in the Krasnoyarsk region (the number of speakers is 125 people, according to the 2010 census)
- Ulchi — language residents of Khabarovsk Krai (the number of speakers – 154, according to the 2010 census)
- Izhora – the language of peoples inhabiting the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland in the Leningrad region (number of speakers – 123, according to the 2010 census).
On a special website sberbank0411.ru users can study the language by using chat bots. Chat bots work on the basis of self-learning neural networks that combine the methods of mathematical linguistics and machine learning. Users can take advantage of the three chat-bots, each of which will help them to learn one of the languages selected. Communication with them is built in the form of a game to communicate, you can use the icons or select words and phrases from the list.
During project development, applied deductive and inductive machine learning. With the involvement of linguists was collected linguistic material from media, identified common patterns and developed learning algorithms.
Recall that the Day of Russia on June 12 Sberbank offered to everyone to choose the greeting on one of the 30 languages of the peoples of the country and share it in social networks with the hashtag #atomservice. The idea of the event was to not only to recall the language of Russia, but also to allow these languages to practice.