The origin of 'The Talanoa Project' was a Beca pilot project to develop an artificial intelligence conversational agent to consult and engage with people and communities in the Samoan language. Talanoa is Samoan for 'discussion'.

Through the course of the project we've created Tala, the first-of-its kind Samoan speaking chatbot.

If you would like to chat with Tala in Samoan, just click on the Tala button on the bottom right of your screen, and then click the Samoan Flag.

Underpinned by natural language processing, Tala is learning continuously, and we would really appreciate your support in helping us improve its knowledge - just by chatting! As this is a pilot project and not formal consultation, please don't provide any confidential or sensitive information. You will be asked for your name, but please be aware you don't need to personally identify yourself if you don't want to.

Special thanks to Luke Fitzpatrick, AI Research and Development Intern, and to Callaghan Innovation for partnering with us on the project to bring Tala to life.

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