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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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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Ambiguous differences.

“Late twentieth-century machines have made thoroughly ambiguous the difference between natural and artificial, mind and body, self-developing and externally designed, and many other distinctions that used to apply to organisms and machines. Our machines are disturbingly lively, and we ourselves frighteningly inert”. Excerpt from “A Cyborg Manifesto” by Donna Haraway (1984). *(Picture: The cyborg alchemist by […]

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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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