Dueling AIs compete in learning to walk, secretly manipulating images and more at NIPS

A little competitive spirit is often just the thing when you want to spur some innovation, and that’s exactly the idea at the Neural Information Processing Systems conference, where AI-like systems will be competing in a variety of tasks. Teams are already setting their systems against one another imitating how muscles work when we walk, answering pub quiz questions, and subtly manipulating images.

It’s a new initiative at NIPS, and 23 proposed competitions were narrowed down to 5. The conference isn’t until early December, but the contests are already in full swing, since it’d be difficult for competitors to just whip up a system from scratch while on location.

Each contest is run independently and some have special sponsors and cash prizes.

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