Teaching Machines to Learn on Their Own

Welcome to Scientific American’s Science Talk, posted on November 10th, 2015. I’m Steve Mirsky. A short episode today. For which I’ll turn it over now to Scientific American’s associate tech editor Larry Greenemeier:Computers have always been good at doing things that are really complicated for us humans. Things like crunching insanely large numbers and running complex algorithms. On the other hand, computers have a really hard time recognizing a particular voice or face in a crowd, something most kids learn to do before they’re even out of diapers. But things are changing fast. Over the next decade or so, machines will more easily mimic inherently human abilities. And they’ll learn to do it much the same way we do—through experience. “Experience” in this case means computers will be fed data…


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