Tag: AI

Tech Giants Battle for Image Recognition Supremacy

May 13, 2015 |

The race to exascale isn’t the only rivalry stirring up the advanced computing space. Artificial intelligence sub-fields, like deep learning, are also inspiring heated competition from tech conglomerates around the globe. When it comes to image recognition, computers have already passed the threshold of average human competency, leaving tech titans, like Baidu, Google and Microsoft, vying to Read more…

CMU’s Claudico Goes All-In Against World-Class Poker Pros

May 1, 2015 |

Last Friday (April 24), the “Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence” competition kicked-off at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Today, exactly halfway through the event, computer program “Claudico,” a joint effort between the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and Carnegie Mellon, has played over 40,000 hands of No-Limit Texas Hold’em poker against four of the game’s professionals. The Read more…

Machine Learning Guru Sees Future in Multi-GPU Clusters

Apr 30, 2015 |

Machine learning has made enormous strides in the few years, owing in large part to powerful and efficient parallel processing provided by general-purpose GPUs. The latest example of this trend is exemplified by a partnership between New York University’s Center for Data Science and NVIDIA. The mission, says the pair, is to develop next-gen deep learning Read more…

UK Selects Five Universities to Lead Alan Turing Institute

Feb 4, 2015 |

To bolster the UK’s position as a leader in the areas of big data and algorithm research, five universities have been chosen to lead the county’s new Alan Turing Institute, which will be based at the British Library in London’s Knowledge Quarter. The selectees that will head the Institute are Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, Warwick and University Read more…

IARPA Seeks Partners in Brain-Inspired AI Initiative

Jan 22, 2015 |

US intelligence officials have set in motion a five-year project to spark progress in machine learning by reverse-engineering the algorithms of the human brain. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA) recently put out a call for innovative solutions with the greatest potential to advance theories of neural computation as part of the Machine Intelligence Read more…

Baidu Supercomputer Tops Google in Image Recogition

Jan 20, 2015 |

In an effort to oust Google from its the top spot in image recognition, Baidu, Inc. has dedicated a supercomputer to what it claims to be the world’s most accurate computer vision system. Using the ImageNet object classification benchmark, the Chinese search engine company claims that their system managed a 5.98 percent error rate, which Read more…

New Intelligence Test Asks What It Means to Be Human

Nov 24, 2014 |

The primary definition of artificial intelligence (AI), specifically strong AI, is the power of a machine to exhibit intelligence indistinguishable from that of a human. But researchers have long been divided on the best way to measure this quality. For several decades, they have resorted to some version of the Turing Test, named after the famed Read more…

Chat Bot Passes Turing Test

Jun 9, 2014 |

A computer program has successfully passed the Turing test by pretending to be a 13-year-old Ukranian boy named Eugene Goostman. During a series of five-minute long keyboard-based conversations, the chat bot convinced 33 percent of the judges that it was human. The results are just above the 30 percent mark, commonly cited as the passing threshold for Read more…

Virtual Human Program Aims to Transform Healthcare

May 19, 2014 |

Based on the number of prominent research projects currently in the works, 2014 could be a tipping point for the field of personalized medicine and in silico research. Last week, the Insigneo Institute at the University of Sheffield spotlighted its Virtual Physiological Human (VHP) program, which the project’s backers describe as “transcending sci fi and Read more…

Brain-Inspired Device Simulates One Million Neurons

May 5, 2014 |

Bioengineers at the University of Stanford have developed a new type of circuit board modeled on the human brain. The Neurogrid, as it’s called, operates about 9,000 times faster using significantly less power than a typical PC. While no match for the power and capability of the human brain that inspired it, the new advance Read more…