Wednesday, April 4, 2012

BBC Horizon - The Hunt for AI (documentary)

The BBC's flagship science documentary series has just aired a documentary called The Hunt for AI in which, "Marcus Du Sautoy wants to find out how close we are to creating machines that can think like us: robots or computers that have artificial intelligence. His journey takes him to a strange and bizarre world where AI is now taking shape.
    Marcus meets two robots who are developing their own private language, and attempts to communicate to them. He discovers how a super computer beat humans at one of the toughest quiz shows on the planet, Jeopardy. And finds out if machines can have creativity and intuition like us.
   Marcus is worried that if machines can think like us, then he will be out of business. But his conclusion is that AI machines may surprise us with their own distinct way of thinking."
   I bet Alan Turing would have watched this show with a keen interest. You can watch this show via the BBC iPlayer in the UK.