Glean provides tools for searching through applications like Gmail, Slack, and Salesforce. Qi says new AI techniques for parsing language would help Glean's customers unearth the right file or conversation a lot faster.
But training such a cutting-edge AI algorithm costs several million dollars. So Glean uses smaller, less capable AI models that can't extract as much meaning from text.
AI has spawned exciting breakthroughs in the past decade—programs that can beat humans at complex games, steer cars through city streets under certain conditions, respond to spoken commands, and write coherent text based on a short prompt. Writing in particular relies on recent advances in computers' ability to parse and manipulate language.
Those advances are largely the result of feeding the algorithms more text as examples to learn from, and giving them more chips with which to digest it. And that costs money.
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