Sunday, February 2, 2014

(S2) Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the intelligence exhibited by machines or software, and the branch of computer science that develops machines and software with intelligence. 

First explore the diverse concepts in computer generated intelligence:

There are many movies about AI, most recently the movie "Her."

Set in the near future there lives a lonely writer named Theodore who struggles with relationships in identifiable and realistic ways. When an unspecified, but clearly powerful, company releases a new Operating System called “OS”, they claim that this new technology resembles an Artificial Intelligence. But we quickly begin to learn that she seems to be more than that. Almost a Consciousness. Likable, comforting and an exciting interest in the world our lonely writer begins to fall in love with this human-like operating system.   Watch the clip: "Her" Movie Trailer

1. Do you think you could have an emotional response with an AI device, such as falling in love or feeling compassion?

2. What AI devices you interact with? (Siri? GPS? Dragon? Virtual Reality?) Thoughts? 

3. What other AI characters have you seen in movies or TV? How much of what you see these characters do you believe is fact vs. fiction?

4. How do you see this technology developing in the future? In your life?