Accenture announces launch of a new testing service for artificial intelligence systems

Accenture's "Teach and Test" methodology ensures that AI systems are producing the right decisions in two phases.

Accenture on 20 February announced the launch of new services for testing Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems globally that are powered by a "Teach and Test" methodology designed to help companies build, monitor and measure reliable AI systems within their own infrastructure or in the Cloud.

Accenture Logo. Loic Venance/AFP

Accenture Logo. Loic Venance/AFP

"As organisations embrace AI, it is critical to find better ways to train and sustain these systems — securely and with quality — to avoid adverse effects on business performance, brand reputation, compliance and humans," Bhaskar Ghosh, Group Chief Executive, Accenture Technology Services, said in a statement.

Accenture's "Teach and Test" methodology ensures that AI systems are producing the right decisions in two phases.

The "Teach" phase focuses on the choice of data, models and algorithms that are used to train Machine Learning (ML).

During the "Test" phase, AI system outputs are compared to key performance indicators and assessed for whether the system can explain how a decision or outcome was determined by using innovative techniques and Cloud-based tools to monitor the system.

"There is also a need for new capabilities for evaluating data and learning models, choosing algorithms, and monitoring for bias and ethical and regulatory compliance," added Kishore Durg, Senior Managing Director, Growth and Strategy, and Global Testing Services Lead for Accenture.

He said that Accenture's "Teach and Test" methodology takes all of this into consideration to help companies develop and validate AI systems with confidence.

Accenture used this methodology to train a conversational virtual agent for a financial services company's website.

The agent was trained 80 percent faster than previously possible and achieved an 85 percent accuracy rate on customer recommendations.

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