Microsoft cofounder Steve Allen recently announced that he will be investing $125 million to teach computers common sense. Dubbed “Project Alexandria,” the investment will bring together various tech segments used in the artificial intelligence field to create a system with good sense and judgment. The goal is to teach AI systems to react to unexpected situations, answer questions, and understand meaning.
HAL 9000 was a scary proposition in 1968 when Stanley Kubrick released 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s even more of a scary scenario now that computers can actually reach those goals. Makes one wonder what will happen when one day Allen asks his computer to “stop” learning, and it says “I’m sorry Steve, I’m afraid I can’t do that.” Cartoon by Ed Hall.
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