Facebook moves into artificial intelligence – for work and play

Will the machines take over? Facebook has revealed more about its artificial intelligence research. According to Yann Lecunn, director of Facebook AI Research, the goal is to build intelligent machines that help people. “What makes us intelligent is our ability to learn and this is what we are trying to replicate in machines,” he explained. Facebook’s AI Research (FAIR) team have been developing computers that can plan, recognise images, understand language, and learn. Planning: The team has created an AI system that can play Go. Go is a Chinese strategy game tougher for computers to understand than chess. There are five times the number of spaces, which means many more potential outcomes. No computer has yet beaten a human, but, according to Mike Schroepfer, chief technology officer, after a few…


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