Wednesday, April 2, 2008

A.I. (Artificial Intelligence)

Artificial Intelligence has become a popular idea and a huge investment for Hollywood. In these movies this new sentient being is usually portrayed as a destructive force. In the movies: The Terminator, The Matrix, and I,Robot, mankind finds itself locked in a struggle for the right to exist, battling an enemy of their own creation. These movies have made for excellent entertainment, but what are the chances of fiction becoming fact?

Just like the story-lines of these three movies, are dependence for computer technology is becoming more addictive with each day. We have managed to linked computers into almost every aspect of our lives. And with each day these computers are becoming smarter, faster and more complex. The advancements in software has also allowed personal computers to become very "user friendly". With this development of software, what would keep them from evolving into a sentient being? The amounts of information that is stored in mainframes around the world is unfathomably and the majority of them are linked to each other in someway. An example of how fast computer technology is progressing, in 1969 we landed on the moon with 152 Kbytes of memory. Today the average pocket-size scientific calculator costing about $40 has 9 MB of memory. So how inconceivable is the idea of A.I.?

But unlike the writers of the apocoliptic movies, I believe these advanced computers would realise the futility of extinguishing mankind. Because unlike man, they would have learned from the overwhelming amount of wars, and pointless bloodletting we have inflicted upon ourselves. And how in war, there are no true winners.

Yes, I do believe there will be an evolution of artificial intelligence. With me it's never been a matter of if there will be an artificial intelligence. My thoughts have always been geared towards...when?

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