Archive for the ‘Artificial Intelligence’ Category

“When [new AI program AlphaGo Zero] played against the version of AlphaGo that first beat [a top human Go Master], it won by 100 games to zero.”

October 23, 2017

https://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21730391-learning-play-go-only-start-latest-ai-can-work-things-out-without

Excerpt:

“AlphaGo Zero is designed to avoid all these problems by skipping the training-wheels phase entirely. The program starts only with the rules of the game and a “reward function”, which awards it a point for a win and docks a point for a loss. It is then encouraged to experiment, repeatedly playing games against other versions of itself, subject only to the constraint that it must try to maximise its reward by winning as much as possible . . . But an algorithm that can learn without guidance from people means that machines can be let loose on problems that people do not understand how to solve.”

“[A startup of] Elon Musk…aims to merge computers with brains so humans could one day engage in `consensual telepathy.'” (Updated)

April 21, 2017

https://blogs.wsj.com/cio/2017/04/21/the-morning-download-autonomous-vehicle-sensors-falling-in-price/

Update (20170421)

A very long, cleverly written explanation of the rationale behind this startup:

Neuralink and the Brain’s Magical Future

“[Facebook’s] Building 8 [is] hiring engineers for a two-year project `focused on developing advanced (brain-computer interface) technologies.’”

April 20, 2017

https://www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-aims-to-connect-directly-to-your-brain-1492642672

“The number of connections in our brain is 100,000,000,000,000…”

April 7, 2017

http://blogs.wsj.com/cio/2017/04/07/the-morning-download-facebook-pursues-adversarial-approach-to-ai/

“[Between] 1990 and 2007, each industrial robot added per thousand workers reduced employment in America by nearly six workers.”

April 4, 2017

http://www.economist.com/news/business-and-finance/21719761-probably-not-humans-have-lot-learn-equine-experience-will-robots