Artificial Neural Networks are Making Strides Towards Consciousness

Blaise Agüera y Arcas, a Fellow at Google Research – which develops new technologies, and leads a team working on artificial intelligence – explains why.

IN 2013 I joined Google Research to work on artificial intelligence (AI). Following decades of slow progress, neural networks were developing at speed. In the years since, my team has used them to help develop features on Pixel phones for specific “narrow AI” functions, such as face unlocking, image recognition, speech recognition and language translation. More recent developments, though, seem qualitatively different. This suggests that AI is entering a new era.

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