Humans take note: Artificial intelligence just got a lot smarter

Today’s artificial intelligence may not be that clever, but it just got much quicker on the uptake. A learning program designed by a trio of researchers can now recognize and draw handwritten characters after seeing them only a few times, just as a human can. And can do it so well that people can’t tell the difference.The findings, published in the journal Science, represent a major step forward in developing more powerful computer programs that learn in the ways that humans do.  “For the first time, we think we have a machine system that can learn a large class of visual concepts in ways that are hard to distinguish from human learners,” study coauthor Joshua Tenenbaum from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said in a news briefing.Though computers are excellent at storing…


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