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Researchers Develop AI System that Uses Human Learning Techniques

05 March 2018

USTA researchers have developed a new, cloud-based learning platform for artificial intelligence (AI) that can teach computers how to learn.

Paul Rad, assistant director of the UTSA Open Cloud Institute teamed up with Nicole Beebe, Melvin Lachman Distinguished Professor in Entrepreneurship and director of the UTSA Cyber Center for Security and Analytics to create this learning platform.

(Source: UTSA Today)(Source: UTSA Today)

Rad said, “Cognitive learning is all about teaching computers to learn without having to explicitly program them," Rad said. "In this study, we're presenting an entirely new platform for machine learning to teach computers to learn the way we do."

In order to build this platform, Rad and Beebe studied how human learning, understanding and education evolved over five centuries. This thorough research allowed them to understand just how humans learn, and then teach computers human learning techniques like deductive reasoning.

"Our goal here is to teach the machine to become smarter so that it can help us. That's what they're here to do," Rad said. "So how do we become better? We learn from experience."

Along with studying learning over centuries, the researchers also focused on learning over a lifetime. Each stage of life has a different lesson to offer about human learning. Children start learning by identifying different objects like faces and toys. They then move on to understanding and learning communication. This is the key to the thought process in the later years of life.

Rad and Beebe want to develop AI agents that can learn automatic threat detection. They want to develop an AI agent that can learn network traffic patterns and normal behavior so it can detect new attacks before they cause damage.

"Or, it would be nice if an intelligent computer assistant could aggregate thousands of news items or memos for someone so that the process of reading that material was quicker and that person could decide almost instantly how to use it," Rad said.

These intelligent agents could also be used in medical diagnoses. Rad says these agents could provide more affordable healthcare.

"During the history, humans have invented and used tools such as swords, calculators and cars, and tools have changed human society and enable us to evolve," Rad said. "That's what we're doing here, but on a much more impactful scale."

To read the study on this research click here.

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