Who knows what futuristic invention lies in Google's X Laboratory? But there's one we know for sure, where engineers are working on creating an artificial brain with the help of 16,000 computer processors and freedom to learn whatever it chooses from the internet.
And with all of that processing power, it turns out the brain just wants to watch cat videos online. What the?
One of the largest neural networks ever created, the idea was to take data sets and notice patterns and trends with them, all by itself. When presented with a set of 10 million digital images found in YouTube videos, the "brain" decided to identify cats. Awww. The New York Times:
"We never told it during the training, ‘This is a cat,' " said Dr. Dean, who originally helped Google design the software that lets it easily break programs into many tasks that can be computed simultaneously. "It basically invented the concept of a cat. We probably have other ones that are side views of cats."
The Google brain assembled a dreamlike digital image of a cat by employing a hierarchy of memory locations to successively cull out general features after being exposed to millions of images. The scientists said, however, that it appeared they had developed a cybernetic cousin to what takes place in the brain's visual cortex.
Still, the project is impressive. And it managed to develop a system comparable to the visual cortex, though one millions times smaller than that within a human brain. Will they eventually be able to create the human brain in a few years? One that possibly learns to like something else? Hopefully. Check out the source links after the article. It's an interesting read!