Artificial Intelligence

NSA Monster Mind program: AI with no need for humans.

Edward Snowden's most recent revelation is that the NSA was working on an "anti-cyberterrorism" program named Master Mind. It works by itself, waiting, and can detect a cyberattack. When it does, it blocks the attack, then fights back.

The big question is: HOW will it fight back? Will it send a cyberattack back at the instigator? Will it shut down foreign infrastructure? Will it fire a missle?

Google and DeepMind; what has come from it?

Back in January, Google bought AI firm "DeepMind" for $400 Million. Not a small purchase.

At the time, it was reported that DeepMind's people would be working with Google's search algorithm team.

But as most people know, Google has already developed their search algorithm, and continues to do so. It is the core of their business. Do they really need to buy an artificial intelligence company to make their search results better?

The Machines are NOT Coming (But AI is Already Here)

Quick! Red Pill, or Blue?

Time's up! The truth is, it doesn't matter.

AI (Artificial Intelligence) has been with us, in some capacity, for a while now. Purists will argue (and I'll agree) that the generally accepted definition of this ability has still not been realized.

Some might even say that programs like Siri and other interactive software are cheap parlor tricks, amounting to little more than supercharged voice recognition.

Jibo, the $500 Robot for the Whole Family

Have you seen this yet? Seems cool, but more like a novelty. The robot can talk back to you and answer questions, play music and even dance (by spinning around).

To be honest, I don't think I would get one. I'd rather my family "interact" with each other. It's funny, now we call it interacting, but it used to be called "talking". Like sitting down at the dinner table and talking. Now we are supposed to spend hundreds of dollars to have a little gadget talk FOR us.

How far we've come...

Japanese Robot Master Releases Best Robot Yet

Lifelike Robot

Why one is the human, and which one is the robot?

Ok so we all know that Japan leads the way in robotic technology. This robot really looks human. And they say it sounds human, too.

Another robot recently released only costs $2,000. Are you kidding me?

How come we can't buy robots like this yet? Are they available to the general public?


Finally, is THIS Artificial Intelligence?

So some Russian programmers wrote a program that mimicks a person. You can ask it questions and get responses (this is actually how most "AI" programs are tested.)

Supercomputers can be used for artificial intelligence programs - Example of an old supercomputer (CRAY-1)

So this particular program "fooled" 1/3 of the judges. Meaning, 33% of the judges "thought" the responses from this program were actually responses from a real person.

Edge of Tomorrow Movie

I've seen the previews of this movie, but don't plan on seeing it at least for a while (hate movie theaters). I'm not sure what it's about but it seems like it's possibly about artificial intelligence, or maybe about predicting the future.

Socializing for robots

Do you think it will be possible that artificial life or robots with AI will have the desire to date or have friends or in some way socialize with others of their kind? Could we see entire colonies of AI banding together to create seperate communities? 

Who would be responsible for robot repairs?

As robots become more common place in the household, will there be shops springing up on every corner for robot repair? What about robotic humans? Will they be allowed to go to specialized doctors that offer discreet repair services? Would the robot be able to contract and pay for these services on their own?  Or, would the human employer be responsible for that? 

Will robots exercise for fitness?

We think of fitness as being something only humans or organic creatures would do, but do you think this is something a robot would be interested in doing?  After all, a robot's weight would always be constant as they would neither gain nor lose weight.  So would there be any reason beyond pure socialization (such as running with friends) for a robot to exercise? 


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