Artificial Intelligence

eye with computer as pupil

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?

This remains to be seen. However, since related technologies such as computers and imaging are increasing rapidly if not exponentially, and there are so many levels of intelligence, I would take an uneducated guess that machine intelligence in some form will exist by 2025.


The Singularity

The technological singularity is the hypothesis that accelerating progress in technologies will cause a runaway effect wherein artificial intelligence will exceed human intellectual capacity and control, thus radically changing civilization in an event called "the singularity". Because the capabilities of such an intelligence may be impossible for a human to comprehend, the technological singularity is an occurrence beyond which events may become unpredictable, unfavorable, or even unfathomable. - Wikipedia

Futurists give varying predictions as to the date, cause and likelihood of such an event. My own take on the Singularity and its arrival can be found in an original article Surfing the Singularity

technological singularity


Artificial Humor

robot making jokes

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.

Here’s why it’s so hard to make a funny robot

Computational humor

Improving Human-Like Qualities of Chatbots

Computer Program Recognizes Sarcasm

Mechanism and function of humor identified by new evolutionary theory

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robot making jokes

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. Chatbots

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