Tagged: artificial intelligence

A robotic “Cambrian explosion”? - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Sep 06, 2015

Gill Pratt, who until recently ran some of DARPA’s robotics programs, has posited in the Journal of Economic Perspectives that the field of robotics may perhaps in the near future go through the technological equivalent of the “Cambrian explosion”,  resulting in a myriad of wondrous mechanical forms.   Source: ChopShopStore http://chopshopstore.com/index.php/werobotnew.html [Of course, the Cambrian “explosion” … Read More

Unthinking machines - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Sep 16, 2014

It’s interesting how “Watson”, the computing system from IBM, is gathering a persona around itself (or rather one is being woven for it). “Watson”, which garnered fame several years ago by winning a game show, is now doing scientific research, among other noble things. Though it’s still a distant forebear of HAL 9000, so the cult of persona doesn’t seem … Read More

Rise of the machines: how computers could control our lives - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 15, 2012

by Professor Tony Walsh, research director at NICTA (National ICT Australia Ltd), Australia’s Information and Communications Technology Research Centre of Excellence Predicting the future is a risky business. If it wasn’t, we’d all be very wealthy by now. The Danish physicist Neils Bohr famously opined: ’Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future’. Despite this, … Read More