A New AI Learns Through Observation Alone: What That Means for Drone Surveillance

The military spends hundreds of man hours on intelligence collection and image analysis. Drones that could learn about human behavior with less human guidance could cut that time considerably. A breakthrough will allow machines to learn by observing. This Turing Learning, as its inventors have named it, promises smarter drones that could detect militants engaging in behavior that could endanger troops, like planting roadside bombs. Still in its infancy, the new machine learning technique is named for British mathematician Alan Turing, whose famous test challenges artificial intelligences to fool a human into thinking he or she is conversing with another human. In Turing learning a program dubbed the “classifier” tries to learn about a system designed to fool it. In certain ways, Turing Learning resembles many existing machine-learning systems. As the classifier…


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