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Everything a Computer Wanted to Know About Humans (but was too afraid to ask)

September 7, 2017

Computers can outperform the greatest minds in many challenges, but while new approaches in machine learning are making in huge strides, from classifying images to understanding languages, machines still fall short in other areas.

Despite excelling in chess and solving complex computations, when it comes to understanding the pain of heartbreak or recognizing the emotional power of a Rothko painting, humans still come out on top.

But will that always be the case?

In a new book, dubbed “a computer’s guide to humans,” USC Information Sciences Institute chief scientist Jerry Hobbs and Institute for Creative Technologies director for interactive narrative research Andrew Gordon provide a linguistic framework to help computers understand our mysterious human ways, from emotions and beliefs to planning and memory.

Read the full article on USC’s Information Sciences Institute’s website.