& cplSiteName &

Google's AI Software Beats Humans at Writing AI Software

Mitch Wagner
1/23/2017
50%
50%

Economists worry that artificial intelligence could make many workers obsolete. Now, AI researchers could be putting their own jobs at risk. Researchers at Google and elsewhere are writing AI software that's better than humans at writing AI software.

Researchers at the Google Brain artificial intelligence research group tasked software with designing a machine-learning system to take a test that benchmarks language-processing software. The software-written software beat previously published results for software designed by humans, according to a report this week on the MIT Technology Review.

And that's not all. Researchers at the nonprofit OpenAI research institute, co-founded by Elon Musk; MIT; the University of California, Berkeley; and Google's other artificial intelligence group, DeepMind, have reported progress in getting learning software to make learning software, the Technology Review says.

One set of experiments from DeepMind could help machine-learning software learn without needing to consume vast amounts of data, the Technology Review says.

But there's a catch: The research requires "extreme computing power," so it's not yet practical for widespread use.

Computer scientists speculate that the advent of AI software that can improve itself could lead to the rapid appearance of a Singularity -- that point where computers achieve greater-than-human intelligence, bringing about the end of the human era. This transition is known as the "hard takeoff" hypothesis, where the Singularity arrives in hours, as opposed to "soft takeoff," where it takes years or decades to come about.


Want to know more about the cloud? Visit Light Reading Enterprise Cloud.


So why haven't the machines replaced us yet?

For one thing, the hard takeoff hypothesis requires "artificial general intelligence" -- machine intelligence that can do anything, as human minds do. Current AI is specialized for particular tasks -- such as language translation or medical diagnosis.

So the machines aren't replacing us today. But I wouldn't make any big weekend plans.

Related posts:

— Mitch Wagner, Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profile, Editor, Light Reading Enterprise Cloud

(2)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Oldest First  |  Newest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Toba
50%
50%
Toba,
User Rank: Light Beer
1/23/2017 | 3:39:48 PM
Human IQ
WHO CARES.. writing AI softwere, Alpha GO, chess, joepardy quiz...''cancer threatment''...   After all it is nevertheless consolation prize...You know or you do not know to make AI...

THERE IS ONLY ONE CORRECT WAY. https://evolutionofhumanintelligence.wordpress.com/
t.bogataj
50%
50%
t.bogataj,
User Rank: Light Sabre
1/24/2017 | 2:24:43 AM
It is here already
The AI lives among us, we are surrounded by it, you just need to recognise it. As Randy Glasbergen put it: "Artificial intelligence is a person that holds a degree -- but is still an idiot."

T.

 
Featured Video
From The Founder
Light Reading founder Steve Saunders grills Cisco's Roland Acra on how he's bringing automation to life inside the data center.
Flash Poll
Upcoming Live Events
February 26-28, 2018, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA
March 20-22, 2018, Denver Marriott Tech Center
April 4, 2018, The Westin Dallas Downtown, Dallas
May 14-17, 2018, Austin Convention Center
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
SmartNICs aren't just about achieving scale. They also have a major impact in reducing CAPEX and OPEX requirements.
Hot Topics
Project AirGig Goes Down to Georgia
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 12/13/2017
Here's Pai in Your Eye
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading, 12/11/2017
Verizon's New Fios TV Is No More
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 12/12/2017
Ericsson & Samsung to Supply Verizon With Fixed 5G Gear
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 12/11/2017
Juniper Turns Contrail Into a Platform for Multicloud
Craig Matsumoto, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading, 12/12/2017
Animals with Phones
Don't Fall Asleep on the Job! Click Here
Live Digital Audio

Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.

During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.

She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.

Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed