TV Used To Train AI Systems To Predict Human Action

Researchers at MIT have given artificial intelligence systems hundreds of hours of TV to sift through in order to better understand human behavior. At the school's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, TV is used to help the systems predict real human behavior.

Among the shows used in the research are The Office, Scrubs, and Desperate Housewives. Every clip presented to the AI ends with either a hug, a kiss, a high five, or a handshake. The job of the system is to predict which action will occur.

As it stands, the AI accurately predicts the action 43% of the time, whereas humans have a 71% accuracy rate. By further teaching the system, the researchers hope to boost that figure and perhaps beat humans.