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Science at the 2018 Winter Olympics Tech Dealers Now Trying to Save the Tech “Addicts” They’ve Created Once they “understand” a topic or game completely, computers can calculate solutions with stunning speed, far faster than the wetware in our skulls. AlphaGo Zero, from British company DeepMind, accumulated experience by competing against itself millions of times to master the game Go and now exceeds the skills of the game’s human experts.

That’s a remarkable achievement over the first version, AlphaGo, which had mined the data from numerous games played by people. But it was a limited accomplishment nonetheless, given that even the ancient game of Go has clear, finite rules.

Babies, in contrast, rapidly adapt and learn how to manage in surroundings that are continuously changing and where the criteria for success in any endeavor (even for adults) are hardly ever clear. Their brains make predictions about what will happen in a situation, from patting a puppy to fitting a piece in a jigsaw puzzle.

Then they experiment with their bodies and with objects, observing and analyzing the world around them. Millions of years of evolution have led to a superior learning system—one that today’s roboticists hope to deploy to improve machines controlled by AI, or artificial intelligence. Read more from scientificamerican.com…

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