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« on: September 07, 2008, 04:36:25 PM »



Meet HAL.

Who is HAL?

I am glad you asked, and the good people over at Ai Research have, regarding their interesting project, provided us with an answer:

“Artificial Intelligence Research (Ai) presents HAL: The Virtual Child: A software program capable of acquiring language like a child: Through practice and training, trial and error. HAL was developed based on the principles established by Alan Turing over half a century ago, in line with Turing’s own recipe for true AI: Build a “child machine”, a learning algorithm capable of learning from experience, and teach it to speak along the same developmental milestones demonstrated in language acquisition by human infants.”

Is that right? That’s not how I remember it!

I distinctly remember a wonderful movie by the name of 2001: A Space Odyssey offering us a slightly different take on the matter!

Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea that there are some individuals out there who dedicate their lives to research into artificial intelligence and if you happen to have an interest in this area I highly recommend visiting their site, but ignore the warnings in fictional works at your peril!

Just have a look at the language used in the excerpt above, it’s warm, friendly, and cuddly. When you read “Virtual Child”, “acquiring language like a child”, “child machine”, “human infants”, it makes you feel better, doesn’t it?

Sure, it’s all fun and games, until a computer goes rogue and starts killing people!

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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2008, 06:14:44 PM »

I can't wait for people to start asking things like "what if it gets too smart?".  This question doesn't recall that spectacular demonstration in Japan that showed the world that a robot couldn't even walk down a few steps.

Although if the machines do invade, watch out for me.  I'll be the guy quoting Red Dawn.
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