Homer Simpson thwarts DeepMind, one of the world's smartest computer programs

It appears Homer's antics such as eating doughnuts were too confusing for DeepMind.

It appears Homer's antics such as eating doughnuts were too confusing for DeepMind.

One of the world's most advanced computer programs has been thwarted by Homer Simpson.

While it may be a storyline taken straight from an episode of the long-running television show, it actually happened.  

DeepMind, a Google-owned AI venture, stumbled in its quest to classify a video starring the loveable, fumbling Simpsons character.

The artificial intelligence program has been attempting to categorise moving images, a task it's finding tougher than it's previous role of classifying photographs.

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It appears Homer's antics such as slapping, faceplanting and eating doughnuts were too confusing for DeepMind, which is an artificial intelligence program capable of learning like a human.

A research paper by arXiv.org, a science website, reported DeepMind could only identify these actions 10 per cent of the time, compared to 90 per cent for activities such as bowling and fruit-picking.

DeepMind also struggled with sneezing, sniffing, yawning, drinking beer and eating chips.

The experiment involved showing DeepMind more than 300,000 YouTube clips containing 400 different kinds of activity.

"Video understanding presents a significant challenge for the research community," a DeepMind spokeswoman told IEEE Spectrum magazine.

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"Any real-world applications are still a really long way off."

 - Stuff

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