Milo wrote: lzzrdgrrl wrote:
......not a technology, but a desperate and hysterical religious response:
Technological advance is responsible for extending human lives, reducing the drudgery of toil and multiplying productivity and efficiency at least a thousandfold. It is part of the project of the revaluation of all values
. It is also intended to alleviate the human predicament
...... which is turning out to mean avoiding the need to think about difficult things or take responsibility for them, instead......
Now, perimeter barrier shields up......
Nobody knows, but here's what I think.
AI is not a matter of software so much as a matter of hardware. I believe that the the human brain is simply 'fast idiots' on a scale we are unable to duplicate yet. Once we can create a pile of transistors that roughly equal the complexity of the human brain, we can create AI.
1) I agree about the Watson computer and other PR stunts.
2) AI has a long history of being on the verge of a major breakthrough
3) "the human brain processes in parallel and scientists have no idea as to how it does that"
Lost me right there. Not only do scientist know how parallel processing works Mutli core processors do just that. That is why they are called multi-core processors If you are using a PC you most likely using one at the very moment you are reading this. It uses the multi-cores in parallel.
4) Visual differences. This guy seems to think that AI has to be in humanoid form or it is not intelligent. I suppose I could make an argument that humans aren't at all intelligent because dogs sense of smell is 500 times greater than humans. His argument is just not the way it works.
Not to mention there are image sensors out there that actually do process images in parallel. Not just sequentially as this guy seems to be hung up on.
5) Human brains run in parallel at around 3 kilohertz Computers can run in gigahertz and do. (See number 3 above). It is just a matter of how many processors you use. I don't know of a single modern supercomputer that uses a single sequential processor. The difference is so great that there isn't much of a problem simulating in real time parallel process in a sequential sequence that comes in at a speed much higher than humans parallel process.. Processing in binary digital bits is something of an issue since a limited set of variation in values can be directly represented in individual bytes. But that is just a matter of computing speed. Any implementation of an algorithm will be greater the bigger the number of bits in a byte.
6) It is true that we do not understand how our own brains do many things. Our thought processing is the result of billions of year of evolutionary learning. However this guy is assuming that Artificial intelligence has to do exactly what humans do. Which is complete nonsense except perhaps if you are looking to make sex robots. Automation is not just about humanoid robots interacting with individual humans. It is about interfacing with the world to perform tasks that are useful to humans in general. New semiconductor fabs for example are now nearly completely automated. Little need for "dirty" contaminate covered humans to be in the clean rooms other to to oversee what is going on.
7) The current round of automation, popularly called artificial intelligence.is more than anything else about machine algorithms that are able to learn. Outside of mechanical hardware as is mentioned by Milo above the learning curve for algorithms is already much steeper than it is for humans(who learn as well) as computers start as inert boxes until the software is installed VS millions of years of pre-programmed evolution of humans. But computers are so much faster can work 24 hours per day so learning is only a function of how good of a learning algorithms it is given.
http://machinelearningmastery.com/a-tou ... lgorithms/
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