Teaching AI To Play Atari Will Help Robots Make Sense Of Our World - Wired

In an echo of DeepMind, Osaro has built an AI engine that can play classic games. But the company’s ultimate aim is to offer this technology as a way of driving the next generation of robots used in warehouses and factories. Much like humans, it gets better through practice. “Think about kids. They learn a lot through trial and error,” says Osaro founder and CEO Itamar Arel. “They come to understand what maximizes pleasure and minimizes pain.”

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Artificial Intelligence Startup Osaro Raises $3.3M

In the small world of AI startups, an approach called deep learning is currently in vogue. The method involves training neural nets on large quantities of data, such as photos, and then getting them to make inferences on new data. Osaro blends deep learning with reinforcement learning, a technique that generally entails teaching machines through trial and error. The startup’s technology “allows human mentors to teach machines how to autonomously take actions to achieve high-level goals,” according to a statement.

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Advanced Machine Learning Company Osaro Launches With $3.3 Million Seed Funding

SAN FRANCISCO -- December 2, 2015 -- Osaro, a startup developing advanced machine learning technology known as deep reinforcement learning, announced a $3.3M seed round of funding to bring next-generation artificial intelligence (AI) products to the marketplace. The funding comes from an impressive slate of technology investors, including Peter Thiel, Scott Banister and Jerry Yang’s AME Cloud Ventures.

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