Google's Artificial Brain Recognizes Cat Videos All On Its Own

#Computers

Thu, Jun 28th, 2012 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

In their secret X laboratory, Google researchers have been quietly simulating the human brain using an artificial neural network composed of a "meagre" 16,000 computers. This "brain" was then let loose on the Internet so that it could learn. What's the first thing this artificial brain did? It went looking for cat videos. Skynet, you say? Please.

The neural network taught itself to recognize cats, which is actually no frivolous activity. This week the researchers will present the results of their work at a conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Google scientists and programmers will note that while it is hardly news that the Internet is full of cat videos, the simulation nevertheless surprised them. It performed far better than any previous effort by roughly doubling its accuracy in recognizing objects in a challenging list of 20,000 distinct items.

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