Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have created an algorithm which significantly improves predictive ability.An important trait that separates humans from other animals is our ability of prediction. Although some animals appear to have predictive abilities, such as hibernation, weather changes, and pack hunting, the human ability to predict is much more advanced. While the capabilities of animal and human prediction is far and varied one point is clear: the ability to predict is important!
The Power of PredictionPrediction helps us to anticipate dangerous hurricane weather patterns, determine if a farm crop will be plentiful, know whether a building on fire is about to collapse, and more. Billions are spent around the world on supercomputers which help to crunch numbers to make predictions as accurate as possible.
For example, Numerical Weather Prediction involves taking data such as barometric pressure, temperature, wind speed, and any other reading you can think of from the environment to produce a list of expected weather pattern results. The final weather prediction can then be made by meteorologists from the processed data helping to warm people of potential droughts, snow, and storms. Prediction of weather is helped drastically by computers performing the complex processing of gathered results. So what about a scenario that involves more intuition than math?
One example of intuitive predictive ability would be anticipating other drivers on the road. Most drivers can report a time when they “felt” odd about another car and ended up either giving the car space or constantly keeping an eye on that driver. This type of prediction is something that computers seriously lack for several reasons. Firstly, computers are not adaptive learning machines and can only be told what to do via programming.
Currently, learning capabilities are in the form of neural networks which still limit a computer’s ability to behave like humans (mainly due to the sheer number of neurons, connections, and programmability of the brain). However, a team of researchers from MIT may have just changed the field of predictive ability.
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