Chinese man with amazing memory bests machine in facial recognition competition hosted by …

After the historic Go match between Lee Sodol and AlphaGo resulted in the machines winning, there has been great confidence in what artificial intelligence can accomplish. But, this time, it’s a win for mankind. On June 30th, Ant Financial, a subsidiary of Alibaba, hosted a facial recognition competition between artificial intelligence Mark and real flesh-and-blood human Wang Heling, who also happens to be a famous contestant in the Chinese reality show, “The Brain.” On this reality show, Wang displayed his incredible photographic memory and ability to discern objects by identifying a single specific cup of water out of 520 cups, Xinhua reports. In his spare time, he has also helped police solve a couple cases. The competition consisted of three rounds: Wang and AI Mark had to identify pictures of…


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