NYT: Could baboons solve CAPTCHAs?

A Turing test in reverse. Interview with Thomas Hannagan, a cognitive scientist at the French National Center for Scientific Research and Aix-Marseille University.

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Scientific American: “Software Firm Claims Breakthrough in Computer Vision Will Lead to Better AI”

The start-up Vicarious, based in San Francisco, Calif., claims it has come up with artificial intelligence (AI) software that reads images nearly as well as humans and can crack a CAPTCHA 90 percent of the time. If the claims are true, they could signify a breakthrough in building AI that is indistinguishable from human cognition - at least when it comes to helping computers identify and understand images.

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Vicarious AI passes first Turing Test: CAPTCHA

San Francisco, CA – Vicarious (http://vicarious.com), a startup developing artificial intelligence software, today announced that its algorithms can now reliably solve modern CAPTCHAs, including Google’s reCAPTCHA, the world’s most widely used test of a machine’s ability to act human.

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WSJ: “Betting Big on Bionic Brains”

When an IBMComputer program called Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov at chess in 1997, wise folks opined that since chess was just a game of logic, this was neither significant nor surprising.

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NYT: “Scientists See Promise in Deep-Learning Programs”

Using an artificial intelligence technique inspired by theories about how the brain recognizes patterns, technology companies are reporting startling gains in fields as diverse as computer vision, speech recognition and the identification of promising new molecules for designing drugs.

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