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This is the AI Minute brought to you by Gigaom; I'm Byron Reese.

Can you crowdsource a better artificial intelligence? Almost certainly. I’ll mention two projects. One is over at Kaggle, which was recently purchased by Google. Kaggle is a place where contests are posted to make improvements in algorithms and cash prizes being paid. The TSA has one going to try to spot weapons in luggage, which is being offered a $1.5 million in total prizes. another initiative is the General AI Challenge, which has a $5 million aggregate prize that is being opened up in tranches as we build our way towards having an artificial general intelligence.

Are these practicable? Almost certainly. Pedro Domingos, who wrote "The Master Algorithm", the quest to try to figure out a better general algorithm, says artificial intelligence is still a space where the talented at-home-in-the-garage practitioner can still make basic and large contributions to the advancement of the science.