From reactive to self-aware AI.

New advances in computing power have facilitated the evolution of artificial intelligence from simple, reactive machines to something approaching the self-aware. Here’s a look at the current state of AI, and where it might be headed… *(Picture: PHOTOCREO-Michal Bednarek & futurism.com).

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Glitch Art: Digital Teratologies & Computational Aestethics.

Glitch art takes temporary pixelations, interruptions, bugs and errors in multimedia files and turns them into visually arresting pieces, questioning the forms and traditions of art using digital techniques. Wikipedia says that what is called “glitch art” typically is made by either “capturing” an image of a glitch as it randomly happens, or more often […]

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The new religion of AI.

As research in Artificial Intelligence gains momentum religious conceptions of this area are starting to emerge. An interesting example is “Way of the Future” a new church founded by Anthony Levandowski -the former Google and Uber executive- centered around super smart Artificial Intelligence. Way of the Future (WOTF), a non-proffit from the USA, makes it […]

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Timeline of Artificial Intelligence.

The intellectual roots of AI, and the concept of intelligent machines, may be found in Greek mythology. Intelligent artifacts appear in literature since then, with real (and fraudulent) mechanical devices actually demonstrated to behave with some degree of intelligence. After modern computers became available, following World War II, it has become possible to create programs […]

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Talking Artifacts as Caregivers.

A Virtual Assistant -also called digital assistant or chatbot- is an software agent that understands human voice commands and is able to complete tasks for the user. It´s been a long time since IBM Shoebox, the first tool enabled to perform digital speech, was presented to the general public in 1962. This machine would recognize 16 words […]

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What Computers Can’t Do…

In 1964 the famous painter Pablo Picasso stated in an interview for The Paris Review: “Computers are useless. They can only give you answers”… The world famous spanish artist referred to early computers and their ability to calculate. This says more about Picasso than computers because it indicates that he didn’t think that numerical calculation […]

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Synthetic creative thinking.

The Bussiness Dictionary defines “creative thinking” as a way of looking at problems or situations from a fresh perspective that suggests unorthodox solutions. Many defend that this domain is exclusive for humans, specially with he increasing fear of automated machines taking over many jobs, and that might be why many people look at me with […]

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