How fitting that “The Rise of Competitive Gaming & E-Sports” shows up a few days before the Big Game. What was once a market people participated in for leisure—to escape—gamers now compete in actual tournaments—for money, pride and bragging rights. The height of the video game industry has still yet to be reached—we may be […]
YouTube turned eight years-old as of May of this year, and during its short life the platform has grown enormously—it’s currently the number three most visited site in the world, according to Alexa.com. More incredibly, over 100 hours of video are uploaded to the site every 60 seconds. That’s a ton of content—more than any […]
3D printing. What the heck is it? A new video from PBS Off Book takes an in-depth look at the growing trend of 3D printing, and how it might affect consumers and other industries. As the technology grows in popularity, issues are beginning to arise surrounding copyrights and intellectual property. Even though it’s still in […]
Artificial intelligence is defined as “the capacity of a computer to perform operations analogous to learning and decision making in humans, as by an expert system, a program for CAD or CAM, or a program for the perception and recognition of shapes in computer vision systems.” Or, more simply, “modeling of human mental functions by computer programs.”
With the rise of smartphone and increasingly advanced technology, humans are edging closer to Will Smith’s I, Robot future. We have machines today that are capable of many things, and intelligent system that can perform simple tasks. But we’re not quite at the point of Johnny 5. We will be, it’s only a matter of time. We’re too fascinated by artificial intelligence not to get to that point.
In another very informative Off Book episode produced by PBS, the network investigates the rise of artificial intelligence, and how we might one day create a humanoid Frankenstein. According to PBS, the advancement of AI—computers and robots of Terminator-like levels—could have a profound effect on mankind; whether it’ll be positive or negative remains to be seen.
AI right now is all around us in a broad sense, things we take for granted everyday. From something like Google Translate, to something as accessible as Siri, engineers are constantly breaking new ground on what’s possible. But it’s the promise of creating an actual system, something like Tony Stark’s JARVIS, that so captivates people around the world.
“Strong AI means the attempt to build an AI system which will be equal to people in all respects,” says Ernest Davis, department of computer science, NYU. “That is to say, it can do all of the things people can do, plus presumably it has consciousness in some sense.”
PBS furthers asked questions such as, “How can we build intelligence,” and what the near and far future of AI will be like. Things like brain emulation, and how granting a robot with the same abilities as you and I can potentially change the way we interpret what is and isn’t human.