Artificial Intelligence Is Almost Here

 

 

  • AI will always be brain dead?
  • AI will overtake the evolution of humanity?
  • AI will need collective effort of a lot of scientists over many generations?

Artificial Intelligence is coming and is coming soon, according to Dr Kevin Korb from Monash University’s Clayton School of Information Technology.

“It needs only another decade or two to put human brain simulation within our grasp, at which point the evolution of humanity will be overtaken and absorbed by the evolution of our artefacts,” he says.

In a bid to address what stage artificial intelligence (AI) has already reached, Dr Korb will be holding a lecture on ‘A history of Artificial Intelligence: AI as a degenerating scientific research program’.

With all the modern advancements nowadays, it is interesting to see if AI could indeed ever simulate human. This concept has been discussed and considered by many great minds, including British mathematician Alan Turing who wrote about whether machines could think in his 1950 paper, ‘Computer Machinery and Intelligence’. Turing is widely considered the father of both computer science and artificial intelligence.

“Since that time many thousands have worked on one aspect or another of the AI research program and it has achieved a great many things, but where is the AI?” Dr Korb says.

There are three possibilities to this. One is that AI will always be brain dead, as traditional AI – using rules, symbols and data structures – cannot possibly simulate human intelligence.

Secondly, AI is almost here and in a few decades the evolution of humanity will be overtaken and absorbed by the evolution of our artefacts.

And finally, if an AI is to ever be achieved, it will require a long-term, collective effort of a lot of scientists over many generations.

Dr Korb will defend one of these at his talk on November 15. It will be held from 2-3pm in Seminar Room 135, Building 26, at Monash University’s Clayton campus.

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