Teaching AI New Tricks

Have you ever stopped to think about how smart your dog really is? AI researchers certainly have. Scientists at the University of Washington have been training AI neural networks to analyze and even predict canine behavior. By using a GoPro and Microphone, the researchers were able to collect data and teach AI how to identify ‘walkable surfaces,’ analyze dogs’ movements, and even predict their next moves.

The idea is that dogs are capable of tasks that are outside the realm of even the most advanced AI today – guiding the disabled, searching for missing people for drugs, and more. While much of AI research is dedicated to replicating human tasks, research like this opens up a new set of possibilities. (And it also might teach us something about our furry friends).