Machines can learn how systems work just by watching them, say Sheffield academics

02:35 Wednesday 31 August 2016 It’s one of the defining characteristics that separates mankind from machines. But according to University of Sheffield researchers, it is now possible for artificial beings to learn how systems work simply by observing them and without being told what to look for. Imagine you want a robot to paint like Picasso. Conventional machine learning algorithms would rate the robot’s paintings for how closely they resembled a Picasso. Dr Roderich Gross Academics say the discovery made in an experiment with swarm robots could mean advances in the world of technology with machines able to predict, among other things, human behaviour. It takes inspiration from the work of pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing, who proposed a test, which a machine could pass if it behaved indistinguishably from…


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