What Is Artificial Intelligence?Written by Simon Barker on October 22, 2008 · Filed under Tech
Artificial intelligence learning capabilities were recently covered in a TV show I watched about technological advancements which posed the question what the future might hold for us.
I’ve always found this area of artificial intelligence quite interesting way back from when I was just a kid playing electronic games, watching the Wargames movie and programming robotic toys. Once I started playing with computers and inevitably games, which brought with them some basic artificial intelligence which depending on the game could either be very easy or very hard to beat – the classic, timeless games are typically the ones which had a good balance which in turn equalled, good gameplay!
ASIMO is perhaps one of the most famous, advanced robots that have been developed in Japan that are currently out there – it was primarily known for being one of the first and best robots to actually walk on two legs like humans, even climb stairs.
However, in this particular TV show presented by James May (of Top Gear fame), he actually demonstrated what many scientists believe to be key to robotic and artificial intelligence learning – the capability to learn from experience just like a child does as it grows up. Just take a look at this little experiment he conducts with a modified ASIMO, now assuming that it’s all above board (which I assume it is), this makes for a very compelling point in science, how far can this progress?
The idea of artificial intelligence has certainly moved on a great deal from very basic electronic and computer games of the 70s and 80s to science fiction movies such as The Terminator and The Matrix, where machines will enslave and/or kill us all – do you think that this could be the start of that kind of future? Or perhaps we’ll just see nice friendly robots such as Johnny 5 from Short Circuit?
Do you appreciate the science of artificial intelligence that must have gone into this? Or do you think that this is just a bit of run-of-the-mill photo/video recognition software combined with some measuring kind of function being employed? At what point would deductive ‘programmed’ reasoning become artificial intelligence?