DailyDirt: Teaching New Computers Old Tricks

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Despite the staggering growth in computing power and capabilities over the history of the technology, there remains a line in the sand between what computers can do and what we think of as “true” artificial intelligence. This line has gotten blurrier as computers have succeeded in performing certain tasks that were formerly human-only, but even these instances often feel like a brute-force approach to simulating something our own brains seem to accomplish more genuinely and abstractly. On the flipside, the success of these simulations raises questions about what’s really happening inside our own heads. Here are a few of the latest developments in artificial intelligence that try to approach that line:

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” … making the software more capable of solving them than actual people.”

What Google’s CAPTCHAs actually do in many cases is filter out real people in favor of robots, not the other way around. This has been known in some circles for quite a while now but Google has been been sticking it’s head in the sand.

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