August 05, 2003

Think Like a Human

How can we make robots smart enough so they'll take our jobs away? Here's some more interesting stuff on WiredNews.

LifeLog -- the controversial Defense Department initiative to track everything about an individual -- is just one step in a larger effort, according to a top Pentagon research director. Personalized digital assistants that can guess our desires should come first. And then, just maybe, we'll see computers that can think for themselves.

The controversial program intends to record everything about a person -- what he sees, where he goes, how he feels -- and dump it into a database. Once captured, the information is supposed to be spun into narrative threads that trace relationships, events and experiences.

There's more background on the project here. This is just one of several possible approaches to the problem of making a machine think like a human being. I bet this one doesn't work, either. But we're getting closer and closer with each failure.

Posted by Phil at August 5, 2003 01:09 PM | TrackBack

> Personalized digital assistants that can guess our desires should come first.

We'll all end up Bertie Woosters, terminally unaware drones who think with their servants. We won't even know that we've been displaced. After all, the robots will need a market for what they make.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at August 5, 2003 07:41 PM

While getting a computer to think like a person is an interesting challenge, I think it would be better to get a computer to think in a manner suitable to its needs, resources, and tasks.

Posted by: Karl Hallowell at August 6, 2003 05:10 PM

I'd like to have a servant that knows how to file things where I'll find them.

Posted by: Anton Sherwood at August 19, 2003 10:22 PM
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