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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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    That One Guy (profile), May 13th, 2014 @ 8:11pm

    Google has developed software that can visually solve CAPTCHA puzzles with 99.8% accuracy.

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


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    vegetaman (profile), May 13th, 2014 @ 8:43pm

    Sure they can solve captcha's, but can they see why kids love cinnamon toast crunch!?


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    Roger Strong (profile), May 13th, 2014 @ 8:50pm

    What is this "imagination" of which you speak?

    A startup called Vicarious is chasing the holy grail of AI: true imagination and abstraction.

    Hollywood has expressed no interest in this technology.


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    Anonymous Coward, May 13th, 2014 @ 9:29pm


    " ... 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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    Rekrul, May 13th, 2014 @ 9:37pm

    How about software to solve those completely garbled audio captchas?



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