What you need to know about the new AI research program at the University of California-Berkeley
The University of Cal-Berkely is making waves with a new research program aimed at creating a “human-like intelligence” for computers.
The project is called the Advanced Cognitive Computing (ACE) Initiative, and it’s expected to start work next year.
The new program is designed to take advantage of AI advances to build artificial intelligence systems that can outperform humans in tasks ranging from “finding patterns in pictures” to “recognizing faces.”
It’s one of the first of its kind in the world.
“This is not the only AI effort underway, but this is the first one in the United States,” said Matthew Garber, director of the UC-Berkes Computer Science Institute.
“There’s a lot of interest in the field, and people are eager to see what it can do.”
The institute has a $1.2 billion budget for the AI research it focuses on, and the UC Berkeley Research Institute for AI and Machine Learning has a budget of $8.7 million.
Garber, who heads the UC AI lab, said he and the university’s professors are eager for the ACE Initiative to kick off.
They’re hoping that by collaborating on this project, they can advance AI research in the U.S. and around the world, Garber said.
“A lot of people have asked me, ‘How is it possible that there’s an AI research center in the Bay Area?'”
Garber told CNNMoney.
“It’s a big part of my job, to try to find ways to bring that talent into AI.”
Garber said the university was already investing in AI research.
The first AI center, in Silicon Valley, was dedicated in 2010, and UC-Boulder, which specializes in computer science and computer vision, also has a computer science center, Garb said.
He said that UC Berkeley is also working on a new computer science curriculum for high school students.
“We’re not just trying to teach the kids to be good at computers,” he said.
“We’re trying to give them the tools to become good at what they do.”
The ACE Initiative is funded by a $100 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
UC Berkeley said the initiative is also supported by a grant from Intel, the computer maker.
It’s unclear how much of the grant is spent on the ACE project.
The new project will also work with Stanford University, which is planning a similar AI research lab.
The institute hopes to have an AI lab up and running in 2020, Garbers said.
Garbers said the ACE initiative could also benefit from the help of Google, which has a big AI research focus in the region.
Google has also helped fund several AI research projects around the globe.
Google is also a partner in a new AI center in Palo Alto, California, called the Computer Vision Center.
Google’s chief scientist, DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis, said the research at UC Berkeley could lead to “significant breakthroughs” in AI.
The ACE initiative was announced in June.
The university has launched two more AI projects in California and plans to begin work on an additional AI research project in 2017.
It also announced plans to create a new center at UC Santa Cruz to work on the future of artificial intelligence, called Cognitive Science.