Machine ‘learns’ like a human

The system is called a “Bayesian Program Learning” (BPL) framework, where concepts are represented as simple computer programs. WASHINGTON, DC – Scientists have invented a machine that imitates the way the human brain learns new information, a step forward for artificial intelligence, researchers reported Thursday, December 10. The system described in the journal Science is a computer model “that captures humans’ unique ability to learn new concepts from a single example,” the study said. “Though the model is only capable of learning handwritten characters from alphabets, the approach underlying it could be broadened to have applications for other symbol-based systems, like gestures, dance moves, and the words of spoken and signed languages.” Joshua Tenenbaum, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT), said he wanted to build a machine…


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