Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Is A.I. already here?

Wired's Stephen Levy on "The A.I. Revolution Is On":

The Kiva bots may not seem very smart. They don’t possess anything like human intelligence and certainly couldn’t pass a Turing test. But they represent a new forefront in the field of artificial intelligence. Today’s AI doesn’t try to re-create the brain. Instead, it uses machine learning, massive data sets, sophisticated sensors, and clever algorithms to master discrete tasks.

Interesting thesis: AI is all around us, in the form of probability and statistics engines, simple 'bot' algorithms, and other data mining software machines. Is our world now driven by a global, decentralized cabal of... algorithms?

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