Computer capable of human-like learning

Researchers pitted humans against machines in trying to draw realistic characters. To clarify, the computer did not have a hand, but generated the characters virtually. Credit: Danqing Wang For the first time in history researchers have managed to create a computer program that mimics how humans learn, according to a report published in the journal Science. The scientific community has long-known that machines and humans learn in different ways. Those differences have been one of the largest hurdles for Artificial Intelligence over the past few decades. However, this new program–known as Bayesian Program Learning (BPL)–could be a small, but important step towards closing the learning gap between machines and humans. “It has been very difficult to build machines that require as little data as humans when learning a new concept,” said Ruslan Salakhutdinov,…

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