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“Meet the algorithm that can learn ‘everything about anything'”

herolGigaom waxes ecstatic about research at Seattle’s Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2), led by UW CSE’s Oren Etzioni:

“Researchers from Allen Institute for AI have built a computer system capable of teaching itself many facets of broad concepts by scouring and analyzing search engines using natural language processing and computer vision techniques.”

The system, LEVAN (Learn EVerything about ANything), is a collaboration between AI2 and UW CSE, involving (among others) AI2’s  Santosh Divvala (a UW CSE postdoc alumnus and CMU Ph.D. alumnus) and UW CSE professor Carlos Guestrin.

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