Feedly, a popular RSS feed reader with millions of users worldwide, recently announced the creation of a new AI research assistant named Leo. Their goal with Leo is to create an AI with a set of skills that will enable it to better prioritize articles from news feeds.
Leo is much more sophisticated than a simple news filtering tool. It’s a true AI that uses machine learning (ML) and neuro-linguistic programing (NLP) to achieve its results. Peter Martigny, ML and NLP Engineer at Feedly, tweeted an example of the type of models they’re using at the Second Annual West Coast NLP (WeCNLP) Summit. Martigny, along with other Feedly engineers, are using these models to power Leo’s content personalization skills.
Leo’s AI skills for news articles
Edwin Khodabakchian, Co-founder and CEO of Feedly, stated that
Leo is not a black box recommendation engine. Instead, they want it to be a
set of skills that gives you control over defining what information is important to the user. Feedly is working on adding the following skills to Leo:
- Topic skill: Prioritize mentions of topics, keywords, people, companies, products, etc…
- Like Board skill: Learns by example based on articles you’ve saved to boards and prioritizes similar articles
- Business Event skill: Track product launches, funding events, partnerships, etc…
- Security Threat skill: Prioritize articles related to critical software vulnerabilities and specific vendors
- Mute Filter skill: Remove articles mentioning specific keywords and topics
- De-duplication skill: Removes duplicate articles from feeds and keyword alerts
Feedly has an Early Access program for existing users. As of this writing, they were still accepting new applications. If you are chosen, you are required to schedule a one-on-one session with a Feedly representative before they will activate it on your account.
Editor’s Note: I’m a long-time user of Feedly. I was one of their first paying customers, and I believed in their product vision so much, that I paid for their limited-time Feedly Pro Lifetime Edition account in August 2013. I’m also a big fan of RSS, which is why one of the first articles I wrote for Pro Members was about leveraging RSS for competitive research and content marketing – an article that prominently highlights the many benefits of using Feedly. With that being said, I do not have a relationship with Feedly and this is being reported because I think it’s newsworthy.