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Computers Inspired by the Human Brain

By Gina Adam You may be able to read this text effortlessly but don’t be fooled into thinking that reading is an easy task! It took you many years of learning and long hours in school to become proficient at recognizing letters and words. How does your brain do it? The brain consists of 10 billion cells called…

Figure 1: Part of the common sense knowledge graph that NELL has learned for the word “Disney”. NELL is confident that Disney is a company and has weak evidence for Disney to belong to other categories such as actor, music artist, or park. NELL also correctly finds many Disney movies such as Finding Nemo, Bambi, or Pocahontas but somewhat incorrectly lists Disney as the actor in these movies. NELL also correctly finds that Disney has acquired Pixar.

NELL: a machine that continuously reads, learns, and thinks by itself

by Derry Tanti Wijaya “Milk drinkers are turning to powder”—here is a classic example of a sense that is tricky for humans to interpret but next to impossible for machines. As humans we instinctively know that milk drinkers can’t become powder just by drinking milk; otherwise nobody would be brave (or stupid) enough to drink it. We have…