Leave it to in-lab testing to come up with a theory that furry felines power the Internet. Google’s secret laboratory for testing, known as Google X Lab, has been working on creating a machine capable of learning on its own.
As covered by Tom Cheredar of VentureBeat:
‘The team created one of the largest neural networks for machine learning — aka a brain – by connecting 16,000 computer processors with over a billion neural connections. It then exposed it to 10 million randomly selected YouTube video thumbnails over the course of three days. After feeding it a random sampling of 20,000 images, the brain began recognizing pictures of cats using a deep-learning algorithm that didn’t include any prior suggestions or information regarding felines and what they look like.’
The brain’s performance is roughly twice more accurate than any previous machine learning to date identifying cat images with 74.8 percent accuracy.
This lab experiment is really neat, but I think we can all agree the “cats power the Internet” theory will need some out of the lab and in-the-wild testing.