Darpa project targets computers that learn on their own

03/22/2013 | Wired.co.uk (U.K.)

Having abandoned the task of reproducing human intelligence in computers, the Defense Department's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or Darpa, is now taking on the simpler -- but still daunting challenge -- of developing computers that can teach themselves. "Probabilistic programming" is the key as scientists are tasked with nothing short of enabling "new applications that are impossible to conceive of using today's technology" as well as making computers much easier to control for ordinary users.

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