Doug Vining Learning from mistakes

It's often said that success teaches us very little, failure a great deal more. But can a computer learn from its own mistakes? That's a key ingredient in creating a machine that can think and learn, and adapt like biological systems.

This Times article says Qualcomm will release a processor this year that promises to assist in building neural networks.

"In coming years, the approach will make possible a new generation of artificial intelligence systems that will perform some functions that humans do with ease: see, speak, listen, navigate, manipulate and control. That can hold enormous consequences for tasks like facial and speech recognition, navigation and planning, which are still in elementary stages and rely heavily on human programming. Designers say the computing style can clear the way for robots that can safely walk and drive in the physical world, though a thinking or conscious computer, a staple of science fiction, is still far off on the digital horizon."

So our MindBullet might be science fiction today, but in the future? Maybe not. And if it's a Qualcomm chip, expect to see it in your smartphone sooner or later.
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Posted: 16 January 2014 at 07:43

Doug Vining Siri says dump him, Sam says be nice to her

Would you take advice from your smartphone? We often accept recommendations for routes to travel or places to eat or products to buy from the apps on our devices. What about reminders to wish someone happy birthday? Aren't we subtly having our behaviour modified by our phones?

And how do you feel about that?
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Posted: 24 January 2014 at 09:28

Doug Vining OK computer, improve yourself

Here's a fascinating look at one of the seven digital megatrends - the rise of super artificial intelligence. What if you could tell your AI computer to "go read the internet" or watch every movie ever made, then improve itself from what it has learned?
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Posted: 29 July 2014 at 08:09

Neil Jacobsohn Should intelligent robots have rights?

This is part of a debate that we humans ought to be having. As the singularity approaches - that point at which machines become as intelligent as humans - how to we behave? How do we treat these super-machines? Do they have rights? Will they have feelings? How far does virtuality actually go?
Some powerful brains - like Elon Musk, the Pretoria-born billionaire, innovator and and founder of PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla - have warned that we are "unleashing a demon" with artificial intelligence. Are they right? Or will hugely intelligent machines partner with us to solve the problems of the world and make earth a better place? What do you think? Will our MindBullets scenario (alongside) of January this year become a reality?
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Posted: 30 October 2014 at 12:13

Doug Vining Amelia's smarter than Sam

Maybe not, but then Sam is only due to arrive in five years time. Amelia is here now, and ready to go to work.

If IP Soft's promotional video is accurate, then an intelligent assistant called Amelia, who speaks 20 languages and interacts like a real person, could bump Siri pretty soon. Who knows, by 2019 maybe Amelia will have 'forgotten' that she's not a real person!

Either way, this type of platform makes it easier than ever to add artificial intelligence to any process or function - perhaps even in the boardroom.
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Posted: 5 November 2014 at 11:44

Doug Vining AIs love online gaming

Did you know that you can train your bot by letting it play StarCraft - against other bots! And because it's an annual tournament, you can make improvements to your software AI and let it try again next year. Now if someone writes a deep learning algorithm to enhance your StarCraft bot, couldn't it practice against real gamers ahead of the tournament?
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Posted: 3 December 2014 at 05:53

Anton Musgrave A World with smarter decisions

As the promise of AI and cognitive systems grows we can look forward to smarter decisions all round. Will intelligence become ubiquitous and what does that do to competitive advantage?
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Posted: 23 May 2015 at 12:08

Doug Vining AlphaGo can be beaten

After losing several times, a grandmaster managed to beat the AI Go player, AlphaGo by surprising it with a seemingly illogical move. Perhaps that's the only way to beat AlphaGo - by behaving irrationally!

But here's the thing: AlphaGo has deep neural networks that allow it to learn from its mistakes. So every match adds to its capabilities. My prediction is that the computer will win in tomorrow's match.
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Posted: 14 March 2016 at 08:34

Doug Vining AlphaGo can be beaten

And as I surmised, the computer won the final match, though it was reportedly a very close thing!
http://www.theverge.com/2016/3/15/11213518/alphago-deepmind-go-match-5-result
Posted: 15 March 2016 at 17:36

Anton Musgrave From Apps to Bots...the race is on!

Soon we will have forgotten the App world as we engage effortlessly with Bots. There will be new winners and new losers. It will change work and training forever. Some jobs will die and many new ones will emerge.
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Posted: 12 April 2016 at 23:16

Doug Vining The future of debating

Could you hone your debating skills by arguing with a computer? Yes, if it's IBM's new AI that's been taught to argue with humans about specific topics. And there's the rub, the machine can only debate topics it's been programmed to specialize in, and not impromptu discussions. Also, it has trouble with jokes.
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Posted: 3 July 2018 at 14:56
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