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Eye on AI

One definition of artificial intelligence is offered by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence -- "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines".

Another definition I found sums up artificial intelligence as: "intelligent behavior in machines".

My own oversimplified version is "reasoning machines".

If I understand AI correctly, the ability to reach a new conclusion from what I have learned is one faculty that separates me from most "intelligent" machines today.

What is intelligence?

Artificial intelligence is difficult to describe because as humans, we still have not clearly defined what intelligence is. What is it that makes us, or any entity intelligent? Is it simply the capacity to acquire and apply knowledge? Is it consciousness? If so, can computer software be intelligent, a robot self-aware?

Is it possible for a machine to have intelligence?

The idea of self aware machines has inspired many Hollywood movies, but don't expect to see a robot with the desire to be human any time soon. The human brain is just too complex. For artificial intelligence to become a reality, much will need to be learned in the areas of psychology, neuroscience, cognitive and computer sciences and more.

I found the AI depot to be an excellent source for introductory information on artificial intelligence.


The Singularity

Like the singularity at the center of a black hole, our model of the world breaks down when it contains entities smarter than human.

Futurists give varying predictions as to the date, cause and likelihood of such an event.

The Singularity

Artificial Humor

Artificial Humor

I like the idea of comedic computers. I wish my ATM had a better sense of humor. Artificial intelligence researchers are creating computer programs that can recognize a good joke.

Scientists are taking satire seriously because humor is an important aspect of improved interaction between humans and computers.



Here is a quick test I created for your humor bot:

Knock knock

Who's there?


A.I. who?

A.I. heard you were looking for a good joke.

If your computer laughs at this, I would classify it as non-intelligent.

Computational humor

Improving Human-Like Qualities of Chatbots

Computer Program Recognizes Sarcasm

A Motherboard Walks Into a Bar...


chatbot april scientist
A chatbot is a computer program that is designed to simulate an intelligent conversation with humans. Many chat bots use artificial intelligence to interpret speech or text input and before providing a response. Some simply scan for keywords within the input and pull a matching reply from a database. Chatbots may also be referred to as talk bots, chatterbots, or chatterboxes.


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Artificial Intelligence Articles
Title Source Date
Stephen Hawking Is Terrified Of Artificial Intelligence The Huffington Post 05/14
10 Reasons an Artificial Intelligence Wouldn't Turn Evil io9 04/14
Google, Facebook and other tech companies race to develop artificial intelligence San Jose Mercury News 04/14
Brainlike Computers, Learning From Experience NY Times 01/14
Carnegie Mellon computer searches web 24/7 to analyze images and teach itself common sense KurzweilAI.net 11/13
Computer smart as a 4-year-old University of Illinois 07/13
Welcome, Robot Overlords. Please Don't Fire Us? Mother Jones 06/13
The Man Behind the Google Brain: Andrew Ng and the Quest for the New AI Wired 05/13
On Twitter, Human-Powered Artificial Intelligence Bloomberg 01/13
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (online course) Stanford 08/11
Should Artificial Intelligences Be Granted Civil Rights? Forbes 04/11
I Took the Turing Test NY Times 03/11
How Can Robots Get Our Attention? Georgia Tech 03/11
On the hunt for universal intelligence PhysOrg 01/11
Watson and the future of AI KurzweilAI.net 01/11
The A.I. Revolution Is On Wired 12/10
Computer beats human at Japanese chess for first time New Scientist 10/10
Sizing Up Consciousness by Its Bits NY Times 09/10
Ai improves a wheelchair system Technology Review 09/10
Computers Learn to Listen, and Some Talk Back NY Times 06/10
6 Mashups of Music and Artificial Intelligence Wired 06/10
Cerebral Imperialism IEET 06/10
The AI Doctor Is Ready To See You Singularity Hub 05/10
A New Take on Human Intelligence ABC News 12/09
The Coming Superbrain NY Times 05/09
Nine games computers are ruining for humanity New Scientist 05/09
Tests that show machines closing in on human abilities New Scientist 01/09
Two AI Pioneers. Two Bizarre Suicides. Wired 12/08
The Future of A.I. PBS 12/08
Cognitive computing PhysOrg 12/08
Predicting the Future of AI G4 11/08
Computer decodes dog communication New Scientist 01/08
Computers crack famous board game BBC News 11/07
How I failed the Turing test Blog Cadre 09/05
A Wager on the Turing Test: The Rules KurzweilAI.net 04/02
Are you a Computer? Modern Humorist 07/01


Artificial Intelligence Web Sites and Blogs
Title Description
AI The movie
AI Depot Ai stuff
AI From TAU Recommended
AIGameDev Ai game development
AI Links Mark Humphrys
Ai on the Web AI: A Modern Approach
AI Planet Virtual world for artificial intelligence
AI Toolkit Robotics ai software
AI Topics Reliable info on ai
The Alan Turing Home Page Dedicated to Alan Turin
Artificial intelligence Wikipedia
Artificial Intelligence BBC
Artificial Intelligence BBC Science and Nature
Artificial Intelligence BBC h2g2
Artificial Intelligence Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Artificial Intelligence Cornell University
Artificial Intelligence Center SRI International
Artificial Intelligence News Science Daily
Artificial Intelligence: Realizing the Ultimate Promises of Computing University of Washington
Artificial Intelligence Research Laboratory Iowa State University
Bibliographies on Artificial Intelligence From The Collection of
Computer Science Bibliographies
CALO World Wide Mind project
Centre for Study of Existential Risk Cambridge
Artificial Intelligence Repository CMU
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory MIT
Computing machinery and intelligence World Wide Mind project
Controlling Uncertainty: Decision Making and Learning in Complex Worlds Book by Dr Magda Osman
Defining Artificial Intelligence NeuroAI
Future of Humanity Institute University of Oxford
The Future of Life Institute Supporting research and initiatives for safeguarding life
Generation 5 Artificial Intelligence links
Human Knowledge: Foundations and Limits Brian Holtz
Imitation Game Turing Test
Indiana Poker Programming Contest For students in the state of Indiana
Institute for Artificial Intelligence University of Georgia
JAIR Journal of Artificial Intelligence
Loebner Prize The First Turing Test
Machine Intelligence Research Institute Berkeley
Maine Software Agents and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory University of Maine
Mind Project Illinois State University
NELL: Never-Ending Language Learning Carnegie Mellon University
Neural Networks at your Fingertips Neural network architectures
On Intelligence Intelligent memory systems
Polaris Man vs Machine Poker Project
Premise.org A site about artificial intelligence
Project Oxygen MIT Project
Research on Emotions and Human-Machine Interaction World Wide Mind project
SILVIA Cognitive Code
Turing Test questions Turing Test
What is Artificial Intelligence? World Wide Mind project


Artificial Intelligence Video and Audio
Article Sources
Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT How Stuff Works
ASIMOs new artificial intelligence Youtube
Computers with Commonsense MIT World
Michio Kaku on Artificial Intelligence TechTV Youtube


Article Sources
Eye On AI Article by  FFA
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Artificial Humor Article and image by FFA, robot from wikimedia commons
The Singularity Article by  FFA
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