AI Programmed to Learn at Human Speed

Researchers have created a computational model that enables artificial intelligence to learn the way humans do, according to an article published last week in the journal Science. The model gives AI the ability to recognize handwritten alphabetical characters as fast as humans can. While AI systems have been able to learn to spot patterns and make inferences from pictures and sounds, they generally have been able to do so only after being given thousands of examples. Humans typically need only a handful of examples before they learn things. Researchers from New York University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Toronto reversed engineered the way people address problems and built an AI algorithm for that approach. Their work has given weight to some promising approaches to putting machine…


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