Experts have created software that is borrowing concepts from the Darwinian evolution, including survival of the fittest in order to build AI programs that can improve with each generation without any human input.
The program replicated tens of years of AI research is just a few days, and the designers who created it believe that one day it will be able to discover some innovative approaches to AI.
“While most people were taking baby steps, they took a giant leap into the unknown,” says Risto Miikkulainen, a computer scientist at the University of Texas, Austin.
“This is one of those papers that could launch a lot of future research.”
Building AI algorithms takes time
To build an AI algorithm, you need a lot of time. If we think about the neural networks, for instance, which is a common type of machine learning used for translating languages and driving cars, there’s a lot of work involved here, according to Science Mag.
Such networks are mimicking the structure of the brain, and they learn from training data by altering the connections between the artificial neurons, and so on.
It’s been also revealed that smaller subcircuits of neurons can carry out specific tasks such as spotting road signs, and experts can spend months and months working out how to connect them so that they can work together seamlessly.
“In recent years, scientists have sped up the process by automating some steps. But these programs still rely on stitching together ready-made circuits designed by humans. That means the output is still limited by engineers’ imaginations and their existing biases,” the online publication mentioned above notes.
AI programs evolve with zero human input
They also bring up a computer scientist who works at Google who, together with his colleagues, developed a program that could develop AI programs with zero human input.
“Our ultimate goal is to actually develop novel machine learning concepts that even researchers could not find,” he says.
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