A.I. that remembers

Irina Higgins, a senior research scientist at Google DeepMind, has developed an AI agent that can think more creatively than a typical algorithm. It “imagines” what the things it encountered in one virtual environment might look like elsewhere.

Catastrophic forgetting is one of the top reasons experts don’t expect to see human-level AI anytime soon.

When you return to school after summer break, it may feel like you forgot everything you learned the year before. But if you learned like an AI system does, you actually would have — as you sat down for your first day of class, your brain would take that as a cue to wipe the slate clean and start from scratch. AI systems’ tendency to forget the things it previously learned upon taking on new information is called catastrophic forgetting….

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