Big Picture Science – ¡A.I. Caramba!

by Gary Niederhoff on August 20, 2012

When the IBM computer, Watson, snatched the “Jeopardy” title from its human competition, that raised the question of just how smart are machines? Could artificial intelligence ever beat humans at their own game… of being human?

Hear why an A.I. expert says it’s time to make peace with your P.C.; the machines are coming. Also, why technology is already self-evolving, and presenting its own demands. Find out what technology wants.

And, a man who went head-to-chip with a computer and says machines will never beat the human mind. Plus, we take a voyage into “2012: An Emotional Odyssey.”

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Technology’s Desire, featuring Kevin Kelly, Editor-at-large at Wired and author of What Technology Wants.
Part 2: Our New Computer Overlord, featuring Horst Simon, Deputy Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Shankar Sastry, Dean of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, and Jean Paul Jacob, Scholar in Residence at U.C. Berkeley and IBM Researcher, Emeritus.
Part 3: The Advance of A.I., featuring Henry Lieberman, Research scientist at the M.I.T. Media Laboratory, discussing what Watson represents in the development of artificial intelligence.
Part 4: 2012: An Emotional Odyssey part 1, a reworking of 2001: A Space Odyssey wherein the onboard computer is capable of human emotion.
Part 5: 2012: An Emotional Odyssey part 2
Part 6: The Most Human Human, featuring Brian Christian, Science writer, poet and author of The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us About What It Means to Be Alive.
Part 7: 2012: An Emotional Odyssey part 3

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