Google’s DeepMind AI just learned how to navigate the London Underground

The past month has seen several artificial intelligence developments, from Google, Microsoft, and Facebook’s new Partnership on Artificial Intelligence, to a report from a committee of MPs warning the UK government it is unprepared for the AI revolution. And now, Google’s DeepMind division, known for creating the AI that managed to beat a Go world champion earlier this year, has added to that list. The division’s AI system has learned to navigate the London Underground by combining an external memory with deep-learning, whereby the program learns to carry out tasks by itself without the input of human-programmed rules. It’s this approach which makes the development notable, as many programs are already capable of identifying routes on maps. Related: What is Google DeepMind? The added external memory enabled the system to…


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