DeepMind’s latest AI project is able to solve programming challenges as if it were a novice
Google’s DeepMind AI has worked on everything from StarCraft and protein folding to a number of other projects. It’s no surprise, then, that the DeepMind AI division has turned its attention to computer programming. This is a subject of great interest for their creators. The company described a system that it developed in Thursday’s issue of Science. It produces code as a response to programming similar to those used in programming competitions.
The AI system was able to score in the top half on average. It had some difficulty scaling and was less likely to produce successful programs on problems that require more code. It is still a bit surprising that the program works without any information on programming languages or algorithms.