Google CEO Sundar Pichai says advances in machine learning would soon affect every product and service the company provides, and the company's researchers discussed some of these advances in a briefing at its headquarters last week.
Research engineer Pete Warden used characters from the TV show "Star Trek: The Next Generation" to explain the company's progress, comparing Google's current machine-learning algorithms to the show's emotionless android, Data, and saying the company wants them to be more like the empathic Counselor Troi. For example, they want the company's computer-vision algorithms to be able to see a scene of a cooked turkey and plates taken in late November, and make the human leap that this must be a scene of a Thanksgiving dinner.
Another researcher, Maya Gupta, is working on a project to help machine-learning algorithms process outlying data points that could trip them up. For example, a person might look at a sample of images of houses of various values and conclude that value relates to size, but an outlier of a small house in a very expensive market might cause a machine-learning algorithm to conclude value correlates to some other factor, such as color.
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