DailyDirt: Computers Becoming More Like Us
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The field of artificial intelligence is steadily making progress and developing software that can perform some pretty impressive tasks. Still, most AI projects aren’t quite ready to convince everyone that computers can be good at general intelligence. But to some folks, it’s only a matter of time before robots are going to take over — driving cars better than us, beating us at chess/poker/go, stealing all the manufacturing jobs. Here are just a few more examples of artificial intelligence getting smarter.
- Algorithms deep inside the secretive Google X lab have been watching millions of YouTube videos — and have learned to identify cat faces. This feat was accomplished with unsupervised learning — so no one explicitly programmed anything to look for cat faces. Maybe those computers figured out for themselves that kittens are good for productivity… [url]
- Eugene Goostman is a chatbot that has come very close to passing the Turing Test by fooling a panel of human judges into thinking it was a real boy 29% of time (Passing the Turing Test requires a 30% fooling rate). This chatbot was given the fake personality of a 13yo boy living in Odessa, Ukraine — so expect next year’s competition to include a lot of fake teenagers with strange idiosyncrasies. [url]
- DeeChee the iCub robot is learning how to talk like a human baby by listening to adults speaking and babbling until recognizable words form. DeeChee is a project in the field of embodied cognition — which asserts that cognitive processes are shaped by the bodies in which they occur. This robot doesn’t think like a human baby, but it could help understand how biological brains create language. [url]
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