AI Can Recognize Images, But Text Has Been Tricky—Until Now

In 2012, artificial intelligence researchers revealed a big improvement in computers’ ability to recognize images by feeding a neural network millions of labeled images from a database called ImageNet.

Feed a neural network a billion words, as Peters’ team did, and this approach turns out to be quite effective.

The most widely tested model, so far, is called Embeddings from Language Models, or ELMo.

But recent research from fast.Ai, OpenAI, and the Allen Institute for AI suggests a potential breakthrough, with more robust language models that can help researchers tackle a range of unsolved problems.

For languages other than English, researchers often don’t have enough labeled data to accomplish even basic tasks.

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Deep Learning: Is it Approaching a Wall?

In a recent article, Deep Learning: A Critical Appraisal, author and NYU professor Gary Marcus offers a serious assessment of deep learning.

He argues that, despite its considerable achievements over the past five years, deep learning may well be approaching a wall, an opinion apparently shared by University of Toronto professor Geoffrey Hinton, the so-called Godfather of Deep Learning.

Mr. Marcus’ article discusses ten such challenges faced by current deep learning systems.

The deep in deep learning refers to its highly sophisticated, multi-layered statistical properties.

Typical deep learning systems have huge numbers of parameters within their complex neural networks.

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Artificial intelligence poses bigger risk to humanity than terrorism or climate change, expert warns

The rise of the machines poses a greater risk to the future of our species than terrorism or climate change.

That’s the warning from Professor Jim Al-Khalili, incoming president of the British Science Association, who fears the public will turn against artificial intelligence.

AdvertisementAdvertisementWhile AI was often seen as science fiction, it was already becoming part of daily life, Prof Al-Khalili said.

‘AI is going to transform our lives in the coming decades even more than the internet has over the last few decades,’ said Prof Al-Khalili.

Previewing his presidential address at this year’s British Science Festival in Hull, which begins next week, Prof Al-Khalili spoke of the dream and dangers of AI.

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