I, for one, embrace our future robot overlords

The thought of artificial intelligence being the catalyst for the eventual demise of the human race makes for some pretty cool science fiction, but as we get closer to having a quantum computer and the other technologies needed to get AI.

If the New York Timess latest article is to be believed, artificial intelligence is moving so fast it sometimes seems almost “magical.” Self-driving cars have arrived; Siri can listen to your voice and find the nearest movie theatre; and I.B.M. just set the “Jeopardy”-conquering Watson to work on medicine, initially training medical students, perhaps eventually helping in diagnosis. Scarcely a month goes by without the announcement of a new A.I. product or technique. Yet, some of the enthusiasm may be premature: as I’ve noted previously, we still haven’t produced machines with common sensevision, natural language processing, or the ability to create other machines. Our efforts at directly simulating human brains remain primitive.

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