MIT creates an AI to predict urban decay

Credit: Tsvetan Bondzhov Facebook volunteers and work-at-home moms might be making city planning decisions, thanks to AI research conducted by MIT scientists. Researchers from MIT’s media lab have been feeding computers a steady stream of data for the last four years to build an AI capable of determining why some cities grow and others decay. The data the researchers are using has been compiled from people, regular Joes and Janes, who choose between two randomly selected pictures to determine which one seems less dangerous or more appealing. Currently it’s all common-sense driven: most of us would agree a typically beautiful environment will foster growth better than a landscape of derelict buildings. Finally, with enough data, the AI has been returning results — which have been compared with human responses to the same image pairings. The researchers ‘proofed’ their data by comparing responses from Amazon Mechanical Turk workers. According to MIT the robots got it right a little more than 70% of the time, which was better than expected. In the future MIT researchers plan on increasing the number of people contributing data, going so far as to say they may need to advertise on Facebook to draw more participants. At…

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