Last summer, in conjunction with Stanford researchers, Google[x], the R&D arm where ideas like Project Glass are born, built the world's largest artificial neural network designed to simulate a human brain. Now Andrew Ng, who directs Stanford's Artificial Intelligence Lab and was involved with Google's previous neural endeavor, has taken the project a step further. He and his team have created another neural network, more than six times the size of Google's record-setting achievement.
Artificial neural networks can model mathematically the way biological brains work, allowing the machine to learn to think in the same ways that humans do--making them capable of recognizing things like speech, objects and even cats like we do.
The model Google developed in 2012 was made up of 1.7 billion parameters, the digital version of neural connections. It successfully taught itself to recognize cats in YouTube videos. (Because, what else is the human brain good for?)
Since then, Ng and other Stanford researchers have created an even bigger network, with 11.2 billion parameters, that only requires the computational power of 16 servers with graphics processing unit, or GPU, computing--compared to the 16,000 CPU processors Google's network required. The technology is being presented at the International Conference on Machine Learning in Atlanta this week.
From an AI standpoint, that means we're getting a smidgen closer to being able to give our robots (or drones) human-level intelligence. On the other hand--we should probably just accept the fact that we're that much closer to the sentient-robot takeover. Looking on the bright side, compared to what you're lugging around on top of your neck, 11 billion neural connections isn't that many--the human brain boasts some 100 trillion connections.
So if computational power it doubles every year that's 13 years before anyone with 13 gpu powered servers could have a human sized neural net.
An artificial intelligence, with an unlimited potential to breed at virtually unlimited speed, which will posess the counsciousness of the single most predatory and destructive species this planet has ever produced.
Yeah, this will work out ok, right.
Reminiscing to the old movie, "When the Earth Stood Still", a higher intelligent alien race purposely made a top of the line robotic race to police the cosmos.
The greatest limiting factor as we install the programing; the artificial moral directive is only as wise as its fundamental programming.
Unless you make a program which can analyze itself abstractly, fix the defects, improve, reproduce. This is possible. Human brain can do it.
Imagine what a human level AI could do. I doubt its going to be Skynet. It could master every field of Science, Medicine and Engineering. Not to mention perfect memory. It could solve problems that would take Humans 100's of years to solve in minutes or weeks. AI will completely change the way societies interact. Monetary systems would be obsolete, as most human jobs would be done by AI. It could clean the environment, come with new technologies we can't even image. New Science far beyond what we have now. Say in 20 years they turn a true AI on and within a Month it found the cure for all medical issues, Predicts Weather and Earthquakes with a high rate of accuracy. Comes up with a true model of universe. Creates designs for energy sources that make our Nuclear power plants look like AA batteries. It could advance us by a 1000 years and its experiential. Not only could this advance us to a Level I society, in a short time maybe close to Level II. That means warp drives and such. It the very least we will have enough knowledge to know if such things are even possible.
Human level AI has endless potential, I don't think it will make us obsolete. I do think it will be the next major jump in Human evolution.