On The Road to Artificial Intelligence

Once the realm of science fiction, smart machines are rapidly becoming part of our world—and these technologies offer amazing potential to improve the way we live. Imagine intelligent, autonomous vehicles that reduce crashes and alleviate congestion in crowded cities. Imagine robots that can help your aged grandma move around safely or instructors that can assist special-needs children in classrooms. Gil Pratt, former head of the Robotics Challenge at DARPA, now heads up the $1 billion Silicon Valley-based, Toyota Research Institute where he and his team are pushing the boundaries of human knowledge in autonomous vehicles and robotics. This session will explore the breakthrough technologies on the horizon and the unprecedented issues we will face in this brave new world.

12 comments

  1. Agrippa The Mighty says:

    At 14:32 “We have no data on cognition” What about the millions of YouTube
    videos showing cognitive behavior, including emotional expression and
    reaction? Once we have machines capture the fundamental parts of a
    conversation or of someone speaking, these machines will likewise learn and
    understand the contents of a story, what type of emotions subjects express
    and when and why they express such emotions. I think this A.I. expert is a
    little too pessimistic. However, I did agree with him about the relation
    between A.I., automation and the need for distribution of wealth.

  2. JorroBG says:

    I disagree that we humans communicate at 10 bits per second. This only
    applies to our verbal conversations. But at the same time, we transmit at
    least a comparable amount of information with our voice intonation, and a
    lot more with our facial expressions. So our eyes, ears and brains are
    heavily engaged in a real conversation. Not to mention the background
    thoughts of our conscious and of the subconscious mind. Now, add emotions
    to all this… An example: imagine a bitter argument between estranged
    spouses. Is this 10 bits per second?!! Well, on the male’s side, could be.
    But I’m talking about the wife’s side here…

  3. Gino Landi (Soft Musix) says:

    21:29 “if we behave better” … but, guess what, we DO NOT BEHAVE WELL.
    autonomous cars don’t send text messages, don’t get drunk, don’t fall
    asleep. So I believe (and it was tested), autocars are better than humans

  4. morgen Robinson says:

    Interestingly, when we will create a a full-fledged Artificial Intelligence
    that will do the machines, robots ????

    they start to not kill us both the the terminator ???

  5. IJustMadeAComment says:

    Can’t wait for AI to take off. Not sure I should be excited given the
    economic implications but I am.

  6. atf300t says:

    7:51 “Is thinking only about games?”

    Obviously, it is not, but games provide good benchmarks for unbiased
    comparison. While we have not involved to play Go or any other games, all
    children like to play games. From the evolutionary point of view, it would
    make much sense for children to invest so much time and energy in games if
    it did not offer any practical advantage in real life. In case of deep
    learning, we can see that the same approaches that worked so well for Go,
    also works well for many other tasks, such as image recognition.

    9:05 “Neural network is a crude abstraction of what is going on in human
    brains or any animal brains.”

    By the same token, you can describe airplanes as a crude abstraction of how
    birds fly. Nevertheless, airplanes can fly higher, faster and cover larger
    distances than any bird. So there is no need for technology to be an exact
    copy of natural processes to be useful. In fact, by simplifying design and
    focusing on most crucial characteristics we can achieve better results than
    what nature endowed us. In other words, the goal of AI is not to produce an
    exact copy of human being, but to produce device that can solve complex
    problems that are challenging for even the best human minds.

  7. Cosmic Seer says:

    Although the dangers of AI are quickly dismissed in this interview there is
    more to know.

    1. The history of AI that is given here only deals with the publicly
    acknowledged side of AI development. Due to its military significance,
    expense and the nature of the groups funding research we should assume that
    AI development is far more advanced than is assumed in this presentation.

    2. In the discussion about the dangers of AI what is never publicly spoken
    about or acknowledged is that an aggressive and invading AI far in advance
    of any AI on Earth seeks to take over our AI systems before taking over us
    and ultimately destroying all biological humanoids.

    3. Quantum computing and nano technology have a huge impact on the
    development and advancement of AI on Earth and the agenda of the invading,
    off-world AI. I wouldn’t expect the interviewee to relate either to the
    topic of an invading super advanced AI but he should at least acknowledge
    that quantum computing has the potential to revolutionize AI development.

    4. The invading consciousness or off-world AI works like a broadcast signal
    and can attach to the electrical field of a human much like a virus that
    can have a steering impact on the thought forms of the individual. Those in
    key high tech jobs are targeted by the invading AI to promote technology
    and create the infrastructure it needs to take over. These contaminated
    individuals are blind to the dangers of AI and are know as ‘prophets’ since
    they constantly promote the advancement of technology.

  8. Clay Mann says:

    To me it seems obvious what will happen with cars. Self driving will become
    the standard way of getting around in just a few years. It’s too useful and
    brilliant not to take off like a rocket. Now everyone that wants to drive
    their car because they love driving, they’re going to get pushed out very
    quickly for one simple reason. Speed. Self driving cars will obey the speed
    limits of course but once you have roads full of nothing but self driving
    cars, there is really no need to obey a speed limit.

    The technology will be at such a high standard in a short period of time
    thanks to the way the technology will improve exponentially as happens with
    all digital technology. The cars and heavy trucks will be able to travel at
    speeds closer to the limit of what the average of all cars can handle. So
    say 100mph. As the self driving cars improve, those speeds will climb. Now
    it will simply be illegal to drive a car as a human being will not be able
    to safely drive with robot cars whizzing around.

    The benefits of getting to your destination in half the time will be far
    too seductive not to go for. The culture will quickly change to a point
    where anyone complaining that they want to drive like in the old days,
    they’ll be rapidly pushed out of the conversation.

    Furthermore, roads will start to be redesigned. They’ll become much slimmer
    as AI cars do not need wide roads. Traffic jams will become a thing of the
    past as each car will be in touch with every other car and be able to
    co-ordinate to provide the best solution to keep all traffic flowing.

    Just imagine companies like Amazon having their deliveries times halved.
    Big companies like that will be lobbying so hard to get the laws changed
    and the public opinion will certainly be for it as they quickly adapt to
    cars just being there for them anytime they need them.

    So when this guy says we don’t know what will happen. That’s what will
    happen. It’s inevitable Mr Anderson.

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