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Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Dude, Where's my AI?
Clive Thompson on artifical intelligence:
As I never tire of saying, artificial intelligence is most successful not when it aims high -- but when it aims low.

Computer scientists have tried for years to get a computer to talk intelligently about philosophy and art and politics. They've all failed. But what they don't realize is that this goal is kind of beside the point, because real-life humans themselves almost never talk about philosophy and art and politics. No, we mostly just sit around yelling "wazzup" and "right on" at each other. To emulate a human realistically, you don't have to realistically capture the empyrean majesty of our imaginations. All you have to do is program a 'bot to goof around and flip people off. That is, after all, what most of us do, 90% of the day.
:: posted by Donald Melanson, 2:24 PM |

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