Games? Cats? Google’s “state-of-the-art” AI demonstration

G ai video gamesOn March 19, 2014, at a TED conference, Google CEO Larry Page demonstrated what Google’s state-of-the-art AI can do:

Apparently, it has learned how to play video games without training and it can identify a cat face. One thousand computers watching 10 million YouTube stills for three days “learned the concept of cat faces,” as Mr. Page described it. Mr. Page then said: “Imagine if this kind of intelligence were thrown at your SCHEDULE or your INFORMATION NEEDS …” [capitalization added by blogger]

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Phil Lawson: Mr. Page, what if ‘this kind of intelligence were thrown at’ the tough human stuff?

What if AI could help a father and son identify the shape of their relationship? What if it could help patients and their doctors identify burden of treatment issues? What if it could help the staff and management of a company in crisis, identify ways to address their concerns in real-time? 

Video games? Cats? It’s time to go deeper. It’s time for AI to help humans help themselves.