Facebook Touts Artificial Intelligence ‘Milestones’

The social network’s artificial intelligence program is learning to understand natural language, predict, and plan. Facebook’s brain is getting smarter. The social network has achieved “new milestones…in Facebook’s long-term artificial intelligence research,” the company said this week. That includes a “state-of-the-art system that segments, or distinguishes between, objects in a photo” 30 percent faster and using 10 times less training data than previous industry benchmarks. “Our AI can now look at a photo, figure out what’s in it and help explain it to you,” Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post. “We see AI as helping computers better understand the world—so they can be more helpful to people.” The Facebook AI Research (FAIR) team has been training systems to recognize patterns in pixels, so your computer or smartphone can…


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