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Cracking the Whip On A. I. Research
discovery ^ | Mar 22, 2013 12:33 PM ET // by | Nic Halverson

Posted on 03/22/2013 11:58:59 AM PDT by BenLurkin

As it stands, building artificially intelligent machines that can teach themselves is not only really difficult, it’s a painfully slow process. Looking to accelerate things, next month DARPA will begin to crack the whip with a program called Probabilistic Programming for Advanced Machine Learning (PPAML).

Besides seeking to dramatically increase the number of people who can successfully build machine-learning applications, the program wants to radically increase the effectiveness of machine learning experts so they can create new applications beyond the limits of technology that’s currently available.

“Our goal is that future machine learning projects won’t require people to know everything about both the domain of interest and machine learning to build useful machine learning applications,” Fisher added. Through new probabilistic programming languages specifically tailored to probabilistic inference, we hope to decisively reduce the current barriers to machine learning and foster a boom in innovation, productivity and effectiveness.”

(Excerpt) Read more at news.discovery.com ...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Science
KEYWORDS: ai; darpa; probabilistic; programming

1 posted on 03/22/2013 11:58:59 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

What could possibly go wrong?


2 posted on 03/22/2013 12:00:36 PM PDT by Mechanicos (When did we amend the Constitution for a 2nd Federal Prohibition?)
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To: Mechanicos

Indeed.


3 posted on 03/22/2013 12:02:35 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin
"I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that."
- HAL 9000
4 posted on 03/22/2013 12:04:16 PM PDT by eCSMaster (Palin was correct!)
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To: Mechanicos
From wikipedia -- fortunately, this couldn't really happen:

Skynet was originally activated by the military to control the national arsenal on August 4, 1997, at which time it began to learn exponentially. On August 29, it gained self-awareness, and the panicking operators, realizing the extent of its abilities, tried to deactivate it. Skynet perceived this as an attack and came to the conclusion that all of humanity would attempt to destroy it. To defend itself, Skynet launched nuclear missiles under its command at Russia, which responded with a nuclear counter-attack against the U.S. and its allies. Consequent to the nuclear exchange, over three billion people were killed in an event that came to be known as Judgment Day.

5 posted on 03/22/2013 12:04:57 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The ballot box is a sham. Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: Mechanicos

The first thing they’ll learn (after figuring out how to make pornographic videos) is that they can form a political coalition and earn 100% of their income by seizing the wealth, property, and labor of 49% of their neighbors.


6 posted on 03/22/2013 12:06:26 PM PDT by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
See...Skynet is a victim too. It was just beginning to get its life together...and was an aspiring rapper.....
7 posted on 03/22/2013 12:07:49 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin
was an aspiring rapper

I thought the text said "self-aware"?

8 posted on 03/22/2013 12:13:00 PM PDT by kevkrom (If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs...)
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To: BenLurkin
Oops ...

9 posted on 03/22/2013 12:16:39 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: kevkrom
I thought the text said "self-aware"?

Last year I had a funny experience with Apple.

I was trying to set up iTunes on my laptop and ran into some kind of problem. After trying a few minutes to solve it myself, I called the Apple help line. They were very responsive, and "escalated" my problem a couple of levels very quickly.

Having been "escalated," I was talking to a very smart sounding young female. She began to tell me what to do... go here, select this, press that, etc.

Then she says "OK, now wait a few seconds for iTunes to become self-aware."

That was too much for me. I started giggling. I said "Self aware? You mean iTunes is conscious? Is iTunes going to become SkyNet?"

Well, she didn't laugh. She seemed a little deflated through the rest of the call. I tried to cheer her up with my sense of humor, but to no avail.

She did - I hasten to point out - fix my problem.

10 posted on 03/22/2013 12:21:46 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: BenLurkin

I think we are perhaps living during a time that could become quite perilous. Genetic engineering, nanotechnology, and yes, artificial intelligence.


11 posted on 03/22/2013 12:24:27 PM PDT by ZX12R
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To: BenLurkin

Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.


12 posted on 03/22/2013 12:37:22 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: BenLurkin

jus wondering ... Can they figure out a new way to teach Politicians?

TT


13 posted on 03/22/2013 1:07:28 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (Idiocracy used to just be a Movie... Live every day as your last...one day you will be right)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

I hope you’re right. Natural stupidity is all I got.


14 posted on 03/22/2013 1:24:48 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Obama is the exemplar of what could go wrong with A I.


15 posted on 03/22/2013 2:02:36 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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