Researchers claim to have made a breakthrough in artificial intelligence by giving machines cognitive powers similar to humans. The team from MIT, York University and the University of Toronto first trained an algorithm to draw characters in 50 languages by studying the required pen strokes. Once completed, it was able to successfully draw a new character that it had never seen before, meaning it had essentially "learned" the skill. That might not sound impressive, because we humans can do it easily. But so far, similar feats have only been done by large neural networks that require huge databases of images and learn more by brute force than smarts.