Google researchers and Stanford scientists have discovered that if you show a large enough computing system millions of images from random YouTube videos for three days, the computer will teach itself to recognize ... cats.
...MOREAs the Belfast Telegraph reported:
...Like many people looking for light amusement on the internet, the cyber brain searched for felines completely of its own volition, something scientists say is a major breakthrough.From the Twitter commentary on the Google X Lab feat:
In the past the machine would have been given certain reference points - such as labelling features - to help it with its search. This time it got no help at all...
Alexis C. Madrigal
Also, Turing was probably not hoping the most impressive AI of 2012 would identify cats in YouTube videos:
@alexismadrigal How else are they supposed to pass the Purring Test?