February 27, 2015 0 Comments
The future of AI?
Despite the warnings of Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and Bill Gates about the potential dangers of machine superintelligence, Google recently announced that its DeepMind division is accelerating its efforts in Artificial Intelligence or AI. Google DeepMind has recently partnered with the renowned Oxford University for AI research. Google acquired UK-based DeepMind in 2014 for more than $500 million. Founded by neuroscientist Demis Hassabis, a former child prodigy in chess, Shane Legg, and Mustafa Suleyman, DeepMind is a formidable player in the AI community. The company specializes in an advance form of Machine Learning called Reinforcement Learning. In a nutshell, Reinforcement Learning (RL) is a branch of AI that allows software to learn by interacting with its environment. Rather than acting from what it has been explicitly taught, the software or RL agent learns from the consequences of its actions and selects its actions based on past experiences and new choices. A numerical reward signal is provided to encode the success of the action’s outcome. This week, Google DeepMind announced that they have developed AI software capable of learning to play video games just by watching them. The software scored highly against its human opponents in Atari games such as Video Pinball, Boxing and Breakout.
December 23, 2013 0 Comments
Is Google Ushering in a Robotics Future?
From self-driving cars that were said to be safer than any human driver, to biotech research aimed to fight ageing, Google is known for its revolutionary moonshots. Last week, the company took another technological leap into robots. Google acquired Boston Robotics, the company that makes fearsome, military machines such as, Big Dog, Atlas and Cheetah, a robot that has been touted to run faster than Usain Bolt. This latest deal is Google’s eighth robotics acquisition. Based on news reports, the acquisitions make for an assorted product lineup that includes walking humanoids, jumping robots, assembly line robots, special-effects cameras for making movies, and animal-like androids for the military. Andy Rubin, the head of Google’s robotics division, is keeping mum over the specifics of this new project. It may not be clear exactly where Google goes from here but this much is certain: the latest deal shows just how valuable and significant artificial intelligence is becoming.
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