Facebook’s AI lab designing machines that think like people

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn27075-facebook-invents-an-intelligence-test-for-machines.html

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John is in the playground. Bob is in the office. Where is John? If you know the answer, you’re either a human, or software taking its first steps towards full artificial intelligence. Researchers at Facebook’s AI lab in New York say an exam of simple questions like this could help in designing machines that think like people. Computing pioneer Alan Turing famously set his own test for AI, in which a human tries to sort other humans from machines by conversing with both. However, this approach has a downside. “The Turing test requires us to teach the machine skills that are not actually useful for us,” says Matthew Richardson, an AI researcher at Microsoft. For example, to pass the test an AI must learn to lie about its true nature and pretend not to know facts a human wouldn’t.Read Full Article



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