Artificial Intelligence learns to learn on its own

A new version of AlphaGo needed no human instruction to figure out how to clobber the best Go player in the world — itself. A mere 19 months after dethroning the world’s top human Go player, the computer program AlphaGo has smashed an even more momentous barrier: It can now achieve unprecedented levels of mastery purely by teaching itself. Starting with zero knowledge of Go strategy and no training by humans, the new iteration of the program, called AlphaGo Zero, needed just three days to invent advanced strategies undiscovered by human players in the multi-millennia… Read moreArtificial Intelligence learns to learn on its own

AI researcher Robert Miles talks about artificial intelligence (Video)

Some quality AI talks here. If you are interested in AI research, or digital technology in general, you should definitely follow Robert Miles’s YouTube channel. You can learn about philosophy of AI development and much more. It’s really interesting. Robert Miles is a British AI researcher and YouTuber. Robert started his YouTube career on popular computing channel Computerphile, yet another very interesting YouTube channel, covering a broad range of computing topics before including the topic of AI safety from 2015. He would go on to explore more advanced AI safety scenarios on his own channel… Read moreAI researcher Robert Miles talks about artificial intelligence (Video)

Here is what Tesla AI can see (Video)

A rare look at what Tesla Autopilot can see and interpret With the help of a few Tesla hackers, they were able to overlay the data with the snapshots of what the vehicle can see, which results in an interesting visualization of what Autopilot understands when looking through its sensors. It’s not a complete look at what Autopilot can see. For example, it doesn’t include the tracking of the lanes. But it does show how the system is tracking objects in its field of view and a way that we have never seen before. It… Read moreHere is what Tesla AI can see (Video)

Google just gave a stunning demo of Assistant making an actual phone call

It’s hard to believe AI can interact with people this naturally Onstage at I/O 2018, Google showed off a jaw-dropping new capability of Google Assistant: in the not too distant future, it’s going to make phone calls on your behalf. CEO Sundar Pichai played back a phone call recording that he said was placed by the Assistant to a hair salon. The voice sounded incredibly natural; the person on the other end had no idea they were talking to a digital AI helper. Google Assistant even dropped in a super casual “mmhmmm” early in the… Read moreGoogle just gave a stunning demo of Assistant making an actual phone call

Neural Networks Learn by Recycling

Brains Cling to Old Habits When Learning New Tricks Using a brain-computer interface, scientists are beginning to learn why learning is hard. The brain’s adaptability can sometimes seem endless. But observations of the brain during learning suggest that its networks of neurons can be surprisingly inflexible and inefficient. The hallmark of intelligence is the ability to learn. As decades of research have shown, our brains exhibit a high degree of “plasticity,” meaning that neurons can rewire their connections in response to new stimuli. But researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh have… Read moreNeural Networks Learn by Recycling

Google’s AI Learns Betrayal and “Aggressive” Actions Pay Off

As the development of artificial intelligence continues at breakneck speed, questions about whether we understand what we are getting ourselves into persist. One fear is that increasingly intelligent robots will take all our jobs. Another fear is that we will create a world where a superintelligence will one day decide that it has no need for humans. This fear is well-explored in popular culture, through books and films like the Terminator series. Another possibility is maybe the one that makes the most sense – since humans are the ones creating them, the machines and machine intelligences are… Read moreGoogle’s AI Learns Betrayal and “Aggressive” Actions Pay Off

Five lessons from history on AI, automation, and employment

History tells us that in the long run, technology is a net creator of jobs. Is this time different? Technology adoption can, and often does, cause significant short-term labor displacement, but history shows that in the longer run, it creates a multitude of new jobs and unleashes demand for existing ones, more than offsetting the number of jobs it destroys, even as it raises labor productivity. An examination of the historical record highlights several lessons. Here are five. 1. Employment in some sectors can decline sharply, but new jobs created elsewhere have absorbed those that have… Read moreFive lessons from history on AI, automation, and employment