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Archive for April 5th, 2012

Artificial intelligence beat the world champions at TV general knowledge quiz show Jeopardy

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Another significant event in Artificial Intelligence research: an Artificial Intelligence program has beat the world champions in televisions general knowledge quiz show ‘Jeopardy’.
Back in 1999, IBM’s supercomputer ‘Deep Blue’ beat the reigning world chess champion Gary Kasparov.

Slowly but progressively, with 51 years and many man-hours of research effort, the results are not very impressive.

I agree with the comment that Stanford U. ’emeritus professor’ Edward Feigenbaum said to me last year: “It is not that AI is so difficult that it can not be solved by humans, the problem is humans”.  The way research has been imposed on professors – you need to have a certain amount of publications a year to “measure” your production – has worked against going after the big problems, even when the solutions don’t arrive immediately. We are “forced” to choose a research area where we can reach publication requirements.  Sad but true.  I wish we could choose research goals without results expectations and obligations, so we could break the status quo to reach quantum leaps. It would help human progression.

The following is a very interesting video showing a big advance in the artificial reproduction of the human body. Some AI researchers, as professor Marcus du Sautoy is telling us in this video, believe that the study of intelligence in the same shape of a human body will help us to understand more intelligence.  I don’t see the relevance in this thinking.  We can provide the same intelligence to different body shapes.  And we can also have intelligence without a body.

2 April 2012 by BBC News Technology
Is it possible to create true artificial intelligence and, if so, how close are we to doing so, asks mathematician Professor Marcus du Sautoy.

It was while I was making my last BBC TV series, The Code, that I bumped into a neuroscientist I knew.

“Have you heard the news about Watson?” he asked me.

I wasn’t quite sure what he was referring to. A new release of Sherlock Holmes? I looked confused.

“Watson beat the world champions at Jeopardy last night,” he added.

Jeopardy is an American television quiz show which tests general knowledge. But I could not understand why a professor of the brain was interested in it.

But then he revealed that Watson was not a person, but a computer…

Full article: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-17547694