Teaching Common Sense to AI

February 6, 2019 By IdeaConnection

AI Common SenseCan artificial intelligence learn common sense?  It appears the answer to that question is a resounding 'yes' if research by scientists from the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) is anything to go by.

This non-profit lab in Seattle has developed a version of the popular drawing game Pictionary, called Iconary to help sharpen AI's common sense tools.

In Iconary, players illustrate complex scenes such as throwing a ball in a park while a computer program called AllenAI tries to guess what they've drawn.

Challenging Game

This is challenge for AI for a number of reasons. First the algorithms must identify the visual elements within the picture and then work out how they relate to each other. The next step is to translate that scene into language that humans can understand.

Iconary was made public on 5 February in order to encourage people to play the game with AllenAI.  Researchers hope that learning from humans will help it to continue to develop common sense reasoning.

"Iconary is one of the first times an AI system is paired in a collaborative game with a human player instead of antagonistically working against them," the Iconary website states.

"AllenAI is capable of both understanding and producing a nearly infinite combination of real-world scenarios represented in the phrases in Iconary, a compelling example of the potential of common sense for AI and the power of human-AI collaboration."

To get an idea of what AI can do when playing Iconary watch the video below and visit the website to play.


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