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USC Researchers Enable AI to Use Its 'Imagination'


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a cat, an apple, and an apple-colored cat, illustration

The AI system can apply the original color from one object to a new one.

Credit: Chris Kim

A research team at the University of Southern California has developed an artificial intelligence system with an envisioning capability of never-before-seen objects.

"We were inspired by human visual generalization capabilities to try to simulate human imagination in machines," says Ph.D. student Yunhao Ge, lead author of "Zero-Shot Synthesis with Group-Supervised Learning," presented at the virtual 2021 International Conference on Learning Representations.

"Humans can separate their learned knowledge by attributes and then recombine them to imagine a new object. Our paper attempts to simulate this process using neural networks," Ge says.

The disentanglement approach "truly unleashes a new sense of imagination in AI systems," says co-author and computer science Professor Laurent Itti.

From University of Southern California
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