The Future of Artificial Intelligence
As it gets better and better it will be less like people. It’s going to be its own kind of intelligence.
-Gary Marcus, NYU
When will AI get to the point where it is as powerful as a human brain? Or when it can mimic a human mind perfectly?
That’s called “strong AI” and it is a long way off. In some ways computer minds are already stronger than human minds: they can beat us at chess, calculate staggering mathematical solutions, pilot planes, track targets and many more tasks better than we can. But these are specialized domains and a computer program cannot yet successfully emulate a human in all its abilities and faculties.
Even so, computers are able to do more and more tasks for us, often tasks that we were never able to do ourselves. Will they become conscious? We can’t answer that because we don’t have a clear understanding of what consciousness is ourselves.
There is a short (8 minute) documentary on the present and future of AI and robots from PBS.
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