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Artificial intelligences developed in Geneva talk to each other

An artificial intelligence (AI) developed by researchers in Geneva can learn a task using written instructions alone. The AI is also able to describe this task to a "sister AI" in such a way that the latter can also perform it.

This is particularly promising for robotics, the University of Geneva announced on Monday. It spoke of a "cognitive masterpiece".

"As far as we know, this is the first time that two AIs have been able to talk to each other in a purely linguistic way," research leader Alexandre Pouget was quoted as saying in the press release.

The Geneva researchers used an existing artificial neuron model with around 300 million neurons that has been trained to understand speech. They linked this model to another model with a few thousand neurons.

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The system was able to solve tasks such as showing the brighter stimulus between two visual stimuli with a slight difference in contrast. "Once the network had learned these tasks, it was able to describe them to a second network - a copy of the first - so that it could imitate them," said Pouget.

According to the University of Geneva, this opens up new horizons for understanding the interaction between language and behavior. The development is particularly promising for robotics, where the development of machines that can communicate with each other is a key topic.

The researchers presented the new AI in a study in the journal "Nature Neuroscience".

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