May 10, 2018

Self-navigating AI learns to take shortcuts: study

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A computer programme modelled on the human brain learnt to navigate a virtual maze and take shortcuts, outperforming a flesh-and-blood expert, its developers said Wednesday.

While artificial intelligence (AI) programmes have recently made great strides in imitating human brain processing—everything from recognising objects to playing complicated board games—spatial navigation has remained a challenge.

It requires the recalculation of one’s position, after each step taken, in relation to the starting point and destination—even when travelling a never-before-taken route.

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