EmTech MIT: Giving machines common sense

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The world has seen remarkable progress in artificial intelligence in recent years, but general AI remains science fiction. One of the keys to making this leap could be the human brain. In a talk at the EmTech MIT conference this week, MIT professor Josh Tenenbaum described a new university moonshot to build machines that can learn like children.

“Why do we have all these AI technologies, but fundamentally no real AI?” Tenenbaum said. “We have machines that do useful things we used to think only humans could do, but none of these systems are truly intelligent, none of them have the flexible, common sense [of] . . . even a one-year-old.”

These systems are designed to do one thing very

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