Say Hello To Our Robot Overlords: Machines Can Now Learn Like People, Sort Of

Robots may one day take over the world, leaving humanity to wonder when artificial intelligence (AI) became too powerful. That scenario is unlikely to happen in the near term because humans have a major advantage over machines: the ability to learn. But that gap may be about to shrink as scientists have created a new, faster method for imbuing computers with sophisticated AI algorithms. A study published Thursday in the journal Science describes the new system. It greatly reduced the amount of time a machine needed to create new examples of simple visual cues based on what it learned. Machine learning has been making great strides, but the progress still relies heavily on the hard work of researchers. It takes a lot of time and experimental data for machines to recognize patterns.…


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