Darpa sets out to make computers that teach themselves
The Pentagon's blue-sky research agency is readying a nearly four-year project to boost artificial intelligence systems by building machines that can teach themselves -- while making it easier for ordinary schlubs like us to build them, too.
Notes that Darpa does not intent to create a mechanism that duplicates the human brain because we fail at the first step - understanding the mind. Instead, scientists believe we can build computers and machines that acquire new knowledge and adapt to it independently using algorithms, referred to as probabilistic programing.
The role of these algorithms would be to sort through huge amounts of data to select the best, which the machine then incorporates into a memory and can repeat a process more effectively the next time.
The amount of work involved is "Herculean," as they are just at the beginning of producing the specialized tools and workers to advance the cause. On April 10, 2013, Darpa plans to hold a massive confrerence for the collaboration of experts in the field.
The potential uses of this technology are almost unlimited: imagine a computer that can learn and become better on its own. Machines that can learn make better intelligence systems, surveillance and recon, which are core military necessities.
The benefits extend far outside of the military, however, with the creation of speech-recognition tools, self driving cars, computers that can learn human language, and tools that assist in the war against spam.
Furthermore, networking computers and machines that can think and learn on their own stands to revolutionalize everyday life. We are a long ways away, but increased attention and funding are paving the way towards tremendous advances.
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Source is Wired.com
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