Formerly reserved for fortunetellers using a variety of methods (horary astrology, pendulum reading, etc.), premonition has found a new outlet: artificial intelligence. Computer scientists from Bonn University, Germany, have managed to develop an algorithm that can, literally, predict the future.
The German team has presented this surprising innovation during the IEEE annual conference – a professional association that brings together more than 400,000 members, specialists in electrical engineering, electronics and computing – which is being held this year in Salt Lake City, USA. This international meeting is one of the major events in the field of computer vision and form recognition.
Until now, the software capable of prediting an event could only do it a few seconds before it actually happened. A situation that German researchers have tried to solve, as explained by, Jürgen Gall, team leader of the group of scientists: “We want to predict the timing and duration of activities – minutes or even hours before they happen”.
According to the study presented at the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, scientists have developed software that uses artificial intelligence to analyse the first moments of an activity captured in video, and deduce what actions that will follow. A network of artificial neurons initially trained on sequences showing hours of film of people making breakfast and salads to teach it to anticipate the next steps needed for the various salads or breakfasts. As a result, the artificial intelligence algorithms managed to guess the stages of preparation to come, as well as their duration, several minutes before they took place.
Researchers are now trying to develop algorithms that do not require a prior learning phase, so that these artificial intelligence systems could find new applications in everyday life.
If that becomes reality, we could have smarter homes that get dinner ready before you arrive home hungry after a long day.
Samira, Consultant, Leyton France
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