LinTO in the making

Recently, at LINAGORA, we have combined two open source technologies: OpenPaaS ,— our collaborative platform — , and Kubernetes, the go-to open container orchestrator; now, a little more than one month after OpenPaaS’ launch, our distributed team of developers is still working very hard to smooth it out and to implement new features along the way. Despite all our efforts, in order to make our platform stands out in the long run, we need unique features that will go beyond the fact our platform is made out of love and free software.

“Bonjour, mon nom c’est LinTO”
Wouldn’t it be convenient to have your James-delivered emails summarized and then red-out-loud, on-demand, by your smart assistant?; to have a text extracted from a Hubl.in-based on-line video conference you just missed?; all of this from within an open, autonomous and collaborative platform like OpenPaaS, whose collected data will be used to train and improve your own deep neural network?

Our research team based in Toulouse, LINAGORA Labs, has just started a three-years long publicly-founded and collaborative effort to develop a potentially ground-breaking technology. Its name? LinTO. Its function? To become the sole open, autonomous and business-first smart assistant.

“Alexa, are you cheating on me? Yes, I do that for a living”
One might wonder: aren’t there any other solutions capable of doing that? Sort of, but most smart assistants have the same shortcomings:

  • Proprietary. They are not open source, and when they do, they often rely on calling non-free APIs;
  • English-centric. They are focused on the English language, and therefore often treat the French language as a second-class citizen;
  • Individual-first. They are made to serve individuals’ needs, and often fall short of business-oriented functionalities;
  • Cloud-reliant. They do often rely on remote infrastructures to do the heavy-lifting, and thus cannot be deployed on premises;
  • Law-breaking. They are incompatible with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a new European’ based regulation which will soon be enforceable.

 

LinTO’s ambition is to address all of those issues by becoming the sole French-first, open, autonomous and business-oriented smart assistant that will truly empower companies, while seemingly integrating with OpenPaaS.

Before we reveal LinTO’s internals, let’s cover some basics about smart assistants in general. If you are already familiar with those technologies, please feel free to skip over to the next section.

An illustration of the traditional model LinTO wants to disrupt. In this model, the IoT device is recording speech acts, sending them to a Natural Language Understanding-capable server, and then eventually to an API which may be interfaced with a custom software. Logos belong to their respective brands.

 

Discover more : https://medium.com/linagora-engineering/openpaas-newsletter-april-2018-888482f0e08e

 

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