Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Debunking the biggest myths about artificial intelligence

It seems that A.I. is always in the news these days and as somebody who has been working in the field since the 1980s it's heart-warming. Unfortunately, it's also depressing that so much of the coverage is just plain wrong. Ars Technica recently published a thoughtful article titled: "Debunking the biggest myths about artificial intelligence", which I would recommend you read. The BBC also recently aired a documentary, in its excellent science series Horizon, titled: "The Immortalist", which covers some of the same ground. Basically, we know so little about how the human brain works that the idea of uploading our minds into a computer is pure science-fiction.