Facebook looks to turn artificial intelligence software into personal assistant

Brandon Bailey, The Associated PressPublished Tuesday, November 3, 2015 7:28AM EST SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook is studying the ancient Chinese game of Go for insights as it works on building an artificial brain – one that it hopes to turn into a virtual personal assistant that can also sort through a mountain of photos, videos and comments posted by its next billion or so users. The social networking company is touting the work of its artificial intelligence team at an industry conference this week. Among its accomplishments: the development of software that can analyze a photo and answer questions about what it shows, or study a picture of toy blocks and predict whether they will fall over. Sure, you could pay a human expert to examine a photo and answer…


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