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From the Editor: Solving the Rubik’s Cube Like a Human Would
Building artificial intelligence(AI) systems that develop knowledge and reason through tasks in the same way humans do its one of the pivotal challenges of the next decade of AI. While many AI systems have shown impressive results across diverse cognitive tasks, their way of developing knowledge still remains fairly mechanic. Solving the Rubik’s cube is one of those tasks that have been solved many times by AI but in ways that don’t come even closer to human cognitive processes.
This week, AI powerhouse OpenAI astonished the world by unveiling a prototype of a robotic arm that could solve a Rubik’s cube with one robotic hand. The technique used a combination of reinforcement learning and a new technique that introduced constant challenges into the learning process to maximize the learning abilities of the algorithm. OpenAI also leveraged a robotic arm that showed impressive levels of dexterity and abilities to react to unforeseen environmental challenges. While the OpenAI demonstration was constrained to the Rubik’s cube, the principles can be applied to build a new generation of AI systems that develop knowledge following the similar processes to humans. Just a bit faster 😉
Now let’s take a look at the core developments in AI research and technology this week:
The Robot that can Solve the Rubik’s Cube With One Hand
In an impressive display of both robotics and AI skills, OpenAI published a research of a system that can solve Rubik’s cube reasoning like a human would.
Billion-Scale Image Classification
Facebook AI Research(FAIR) published a paper that details a technique that combines semi and weakly supervised learning for massively scalable image classification models.
MIT Fights Fake News
MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) published two papers proposing new techniques to fight fake news.
Cool AI Tech Releases
A Framework for Building Reasoning Systems
Facebook open sourced ReAgent, a new framework for designing systems that can make and rely on decisions.
Restoring Ancient Greek Texts Using AI
DeepMind open sourced PYTHIA, the first ancient text restoration model that recovers missing characters from a damaged text input using neural networks.
Uber’s Michelangelo Improvements
Uber published a series of updates to its Michelangelo system which is the backbone of machine learning at the transportation powerhouse.
AI in the Real World
Data-labelling Startups are Fueling AI Adoption
The most boring part of AI might become a $5 billion industry in a few years.
AI Powered Chess Board
Square Off launched a Kickstarter campaign to build an intelligent chess board that uses AI to improve the player’s training.
America Needs More than Silicon Valley to Compete with China
The New York Times published an interesting piece about the America’s reliance on a handful of technology giants to compete with China’s big state-funded AI initiatives.