Andrew Dai on machine learning

"[I] don’t see why you couldn’t fall in love with a neural network trained on romance novels."

- Andrew Dai, quoted in Buzzfeed

Google is trying to teach machines to be more human - by force-feeding them more than a million pages of romantic fiction and seeing how they evolve. Dai, a Google software engineer involved in the project, reckons that if Pygmalion, of Greek mythology fame, could fall in love with a statue, then artificial intelligence could also be fair game. Experiments like these are thought to be important for perfecting the next generation of robot. Once again, the power of fiction is being used to influence fact.

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