Published On: Sun, Oct 18th, 2015

Winds of Change? MIT’s latest Artificial Intelligence Algorithm beats the human brain

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Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a new system which can outperform even a few of the smartest people in the world. It takes significant human intuition to identify the patterns as explained in the movie “Limitless”.

The new system was named “Data Science Machine“, which is a breakthrough in the field of artificial intelligence.  While computers can do many things faster than humans, human input is still required to choose what to look for in a large data set — to find meaning in patterns, not just the patterns themselves. MIT researchers hope to automate that, too.
In three competitions, the Data Science Machine competed against 906 human teams and outperformed 615. The teams worked on their predictive algorithms for months while the Machine was able to compute its predictions in two to 12 hours.
To conduct analyses, the Machine looks at correlations between data tables using numerical identifiers. It then continually updates these identifiers as it continues to import data. As the identifiers add up, the Machine carries out various mathematical operations such as averages and sums and attempts to find trends in the data.

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