Video - Google's DeepMind artificial intelligence learns how to play videogames
The first artificial intelligence computer program capable of learning tasks independently
Google DeepMind is a British artificial intelligence company, acquired last year by Google. It was founded in 2011 as "DeepMind Technologies".
They have recently published a paper in "Nature" entitled "Human-level control through deep reinforcement learning", discussing the achievements of allegedly the first artificial intelligence computer program capable of learning tasks independently. It is capable of learning to play, from only minimal information, dozens of computer games (the 70s classic Space Invaders, plus 48 other Atari games.)
Demis Hassabis, founder of Google's DeepMind, said that the program was the "First significant rung of the ladder towards proving a general learning system can work. [...] It's the first time that anyone has built a single general learning system that can learn directly from experience. [...] This is going from pixels to actions, and it can work on a challenging task even humans find difficult. It's a baby step, but an important one."
The ultimate goal is to build general purpose AIs.