Artificial intelligence: will we be aware when we’ve made a breakthrough?

The solution to many industrial, scientific and governmental problems will continue to defy human abilities, argues Professor Peter Cochrane

Written by Peter Cochrane
Computing, 08 Jul 2010

When chess champion Gary Kasparov was defeated by the Deep Blue computer in 1997, he and the chess world were outraged.

Sound bites included: “Something strange is going on”, “It didn’t play a regular game of chess”, “It didn’t play like a human” and “It didn’t play fair”.

But no one asked the most important question – how did it win?

The key here was a new intelligence had entered the game: a powerful computer that didn’t think like us. And nor should it, because it was bringing a new dimension and a new way of solving the problem.

Between the years 1975 and 1995 all the technologies of visualisation that we enjoy today were in their infancy. Electronic displays, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AVR) and 3D all existed, but all were basic, big, power hungry, expensive and the preserve of large laboratories.

Since 1995 technology advances have seen huge improvements in resolution, fidelity, sensitivity, power consumption, size, weight, and dramatic reductions in cost.

Here is the full article.

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