As the World Health Organisation has pointed out, along with the coronavirus pandemic we are also experiencing an infodemic, i.e. an excessive spread of false, misleading or poorly sourced news.
For several years now, we have been hearing about the potential of artificial intelligence for fact-checking. Vera is one of the first experiments in this field, and the decision to focus on the Covid-19 emergency is due to the desire to test the effectiveness of this innovative technology in combating misinformation in a context of real need.
Is it true that 5G causes Covid or that the coronavirus was created in a laboratory? What is herd immunity and how long will it take to get a vaccine against Covid-19? To help people get a quick and accurate answer to these questions, Vera, the first Italian conversational assistant entirely dedicated to the Covid-19 health emergency, has been developed.
Unique users interacted with the virtual assistant in the first three months of operation.
The number of messages exchanged between virtual assistant and users in the first three months of activity.
New news to be verified reported by users in the first three months of activity