Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Artificial Intellegence

Those two words together seems like an oxymoron.

From first sentence at Wikipedia: "Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the intelligence exhibited by machines or software. It is an academic field of study which studies the goal of creating intelligence, whether in emulating human-like intelligence or not."

"... or not". I love that qualifier. What does that mean or how does that change the definition. 

Computers are good at crunching numbers. Give the computer lots of data and give it some rules to find some correlation between all the numbers.

Okay. After the job is done, can the machine "wonder" about some alternative number crunching. Perhaps it could if it were programmed to keep doing number crunches to achieve some predetermined result or correlation of data.

What about curiosity. What about reasoning. What about emotion. What about skepticism. That also is part of intelligence.

Searching the net, I found one of the companies doing artificial intelligence. At least that is what the hope seems to be. From the Vicarious web site: "our mission: build the next generation of A.I. algorithms".

Algorithms are rules for calculations. That is the perfect job for a programmed computer. Do the same thing for hours on end to solve a problem.

Is that intelligent? Or is that just a robot.

That bumper sticker was spotted when passing through Silver City, NM in 2011.

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