Resarchers at MIT use must-see-TV to train computers to predict human behavior

There’s a lot that artificial intelligence can do, but understanding human behavior isn’t one of the strong suits. Now, a team at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory wants to try and help change that. The magic bullet? TV shows.Researchers essentially turned computers into couch potatoes, feeding them hundreds of hours of footage from popular TV shows like The Office, Scrubs, and Desperate Housewives. Each clip ends with one of four actions: a hug, a kiss, a high five, or a handshake. The computer’s challenge? Predict which one is about to happen.With the help of a learning algorithm, the artificially intelligent test subjects were able to predict the correct action 43 percent of the time, compared to 71 percent from human test subjects. Researchers hope to see that…


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