This Machine Can Learn About the World Just by Watching It
It’s a possible step on the road to a total surveillance AI like the one in Person of Interest. Researchers from the University of Washington have developed a computer program that teaches itself everything there is to know about any visual concept — without any human supervision.
Open-Source recursive A.I. was once a topic of science fiction and conspiracy, but researchers at the University of Washington and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Seattle have developed just that.
A program that can supposedly “teach itself everything about anything” hold serious implications for AI. LEVAN brings to mind the Pentagon’s effort to develop computers that can teach themselves. Revealingly, the research for LEVAN was funded by the U.S. Office of Naval Research, as well as the National Science Foundation.