Machines with Power of Imagination

Utkarsh Mishra (~utkarsh13)




Living beings have much God-gifted power from seeing and hearing to analyzing and imagining. Nowadays, AI, ML and DL are trending topics where we try to mimic the Cognitive Human functions by learning and applying them to machines. Generally, these topics rely on something called Knowledge Engineering (Processing real-world knowledge). Especially, in Deep Learning, we mimic the neuro-structure of the brain to do many challenging tasks like analyze speech patterns, recognize objects and predictive forecasting. These things can be called as the replicas of seeing, hearing and analyzing for machines.

With the help of these topics, we can provide machines with human-like context and awareness. The goal of these topics to transfer human expertise to a computer program that would take in the same data and would come to the same conclusions as humans would or sometimes even better. But how about imagination, we humans can imagine or recreate a situation based on the provided physical conditions and experience. However, machines can’t do so. The primordial project we make after getting in touch with deep learning is image recognition where the model tries to recognize the numbers after being trained with MNIST handwritten digit. Similarly, the simplest hand on experience project we can think of after the machines have the power to imagine could be creating a scenery on its own or create a completely new Atari game. It could also reduce the stress for teachers and professors by developing new questions related to a particular subject.

I will be explaining the basics of machine learning and deep learning and giving you all a brief introduction of neuroscience and neurobiology to understand how these things like seeing, hearing, analyzing and even imagining happens. Then we will go through the concepts, and I will be presenting my budding idea of implementation.

What follows is a rough outline of a typical 30 minutes talk:

  1. Basic understanding of imagination in terms of Neuroscience [7 minutes].

  2. Future application domains [3 minutes].

  3. Basics of Deep Learning [10 minutes].

  4. Proposed techniques for imaginational intelligence [7 minutes].

  5. Questions and Answers [3 minutes]


Basic understanding of machine learning and deep learning.

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Utkarsh Mishra is a final year undergraduate from UCET Bikaner, majoring in Computer Science and Engineering. With more than 2 years of experience in machine learning and have a keen interest in Deep Learning. He did 3 internships related to ML and Data Science and like to discover new horizons of this field.

He also gave his first-ever technical talk on his project related to 'Pothole Detection and Visualization on Google Map' in SciPy 2019 at IIT Bombay.

During PyCon India'2020, he wishes to share a problem and a relevant idea with fellow practitioners.

Section: Data Science, Machine Learning and AI
Type: Talks
Target Audience: Beginner
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