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A Common Logic to Seeing Cats and Cosmos


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There may be a universal logic to how physicists, computers and brains tease out important features from among other irrelevant bits of data.

Credit: Olena Shmahalo/Quanta Magazine

When in 2012 a computer learned to recognize cats in YouTube videos and just last month another correctly captioned a photo of "a group of young people playing a game of Frisbee," artificial intelligence researchers hailed yet more triumphs in "deep learning," the wildly successful set of algorithms loosely modeled on the way brains grow sensitive to features of the real world simply through exposure.

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