DailyDirt: Computers Becoming More Like Us

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The field of artificial intelligence is steadily making progress and developing software that can perform some pretty impressive tasks. Still, most AI projects aren't quite ready to convince everyone that computers can be good at general intelligence. But to some folks, it's only a matter of time before robots are going to take over -- driving cars better than us, beating us at chess/poker/go, stealing all the manufacturing jobs. Here are just a few more examples of artificial intelligence getting smarter. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.

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    Austin (profile), 19 Oct 2012 @ 8:51am

    This isn't all bad

    I still believe that having robots do things for us isn't a bad thing. I WANT robot drivers. Have you SEEN how absolutely AWFUL a HUMAN driver is? Even people who drive 300 laps per day in the exact same circle (NASCAR) frequently have wrecks that kill them! For something so readily predictable, that's disgraceful. A robot would never make such a catastrophic error when the task is doing the exact same thing over and over and over...

    Cars aside, I don't think allowing robots to replace manufacturing jobs is bad either. I want a future like WALL-E minus the pollution. Think about it: aside from the pollution, WALL-E's future is pretty damn Utopian.

    Of course, I also want to eventually be able to upload my mind into a robot chassis and live forever, so if nothing else I want to see advanced AIs because any system capable of running a sufficiently advanced AI should be capable of emulating a human brain with the right modifications.

    Seriously though, this isn't all bad news. Some of this is awesome.

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