posted on May, 13 2005 @ 05:51 PM
Knowing something about this, being that i study it to an extent, i'll atempt to answer your questions.
Originally posted by spud_in_disguise
Hey, not sure if this topic has been done before, but at the moment I am not looking for much of a discussion, but I would just like a few questions
answered, if you can answer any of them please do... thanks. Here they are:
1 - I know some forms of A.I. have been created but what is the most intelligent and independent of human input example of this?
There are programs that can hold a vary basic conversation with you (think turing challenge), as Sim4R said the voice recognition programs at the
moment are quite excellent. The question of what exactly intelligence really is comes into this though, for instance it is relatively simple to create
a wheeled robot that will say, seek out light, avoid other robots it considers predators and find a place to recharge, but thats just a set of inbuilt
functions, its a grey area as to whether what looks like intelligent behaviour actually is 'intellginet' though.
2 - Are we (humans) in a position to create a complete A.I., one that needs nothing from humans and is a complete life form almost of
Yes, I believe we can, but it will take a long time, unless we create a basic intelligence that evolves on its own (which i the way i think AI should
3 - If this were created would there be anyway of containing it?
Using Asimov's rules yes it could be contained. But its not perfect, as the film I Robot portrayed. So yes and no, it all depends exactly how
intelligent it is and whether it runs on logic alone, or some form of 'feelings'.
4 - How far do governments allow research into this area to go?
They leave it be as far as i know, nothigns advanced to such an extent that they get involved, but i would guess that the military has a vested
interest in AI, consider the idea and potential of artifically intelligent bombers and soilders and the like.
5 - Should an A.I. (of the type described in my second question) be created?
In my personal opinion, yes. It is one of my goals to work at the cutting edge of AI and robotics (I'm studying a Masters degee in Cybernetics), and
if i were to get to such a stage i would defiently be looking to develope such AI. Partly to prove that it can be done and partly because in some ways
i think it will be benefical, though it would lead to debates on robots having sould and such, but thats a religous area i'm not going to touch at