Binge-Watching: A Key to Artificial Intelligence

National Post: “MIT says a computer that binge-watched YouTube videos and TV shows such as The Office, Big Bang Theory and Desperate Housewives learned how to predict whether the actors were about to hug, kiss, shake hands or slap high fives — advances that eventually could help the next generation of artificial intelligence function less clumsily.”

“The computer got it right more than 43 per cent of the time. That may not sound like much, but it’s better than existing algorithms with a 36 per cent success rate. Humans make the right call 71 per cent of the time.”

Hamed Pirsiavash, a member of the research team comments: “Humans are really good at predicting the immediate future. To have robots interact with humans seamlessly, the robot should be able to reason about the immediate future of our actions.”

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