AlphaGo’s been leading the artificial intelligence news the last few weeks. It’s an impressive display of the advances in AI, but as the Verge notes, AI doesn’t do so well (at the moment) when there is imperfect information – which is most things in life.
While the likes of Google, Facebook, and other Silicon Valley companies are investing heavily in AI, one of the hotbeds of research and entrepreneurial activity is London.
However, Bloomberg Business just featured the work of Auckland University’s Professor Mark Sagar in a video as part of their “Hello World” series. Mark’s research group, which is part of the Bioengineering Institute, were involved in creating some of the visual effects for Avatar, King Kong and other recent films.
It’s a great example of interdisciplinary collaboration. In this case, linking computer science, machine learning, and biology.
There are, of course, other artificial intelligence research groups in NZ, but not apparently as multidisciplinary. AUT has one focused on language and speech technologies, and mind theory (though their website doesn’t give any details). The University of Canterbury has a focus on machine learning, as does Victoria.
Still, there’s a long way to go before AI displaces natural stupidity.
Header Image Source: Laboratory for Animate Technologies, University of Auckland