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This Computer System Gets Smarter Just by Surfing the Web

25
Nov
2013

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are teaching a colossal computer system common sense, bringing us one step closer to real artificial intelligence and, presumably, the singularity. NEIL, the Never Ending Image Learner, has been scanning through photos online to identify patterns and make connections since mid-July, building towards a logical understanding of the imagery. NEIL identifies itself as a “computer program that runs 24 hours per day and 7 days per week to automatically extract visual knowledge from Internet data.  NEIL uses advances in computer vision to analyze and identify the shapes and colors in pictures, but it is also slowly discovering connections between objects on its own.

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