Facebook’s AI boss is on a mission to end spoon-fed machine intelligence

Yes, let computers off the leash with unsupervised learning Unsupervised learning is a problem Yann LeCun, Facebook’s AI guru, really wants to crack. It promises to lead researchers to a next generation of AI – one where machines have higher intelligence and can perceive the world and act accordingly – something we call common sense. Talking to the crowd at the O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence conference today, LeCun celebrated deep learning. The technique has led to Facebook creating DeepMask+SharpMask, an open-source software that uses AI to recognize objects in images. “Facebook receives between one to one and a half billion photos from users every day,” LeCun said. “Within two seconds, the images go through two convolutional neural nets. One detects objects and the second recognizes people so you can tag them.”…


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