Friday, February 4, 2011

Fascinating: The AI Revolution Is On

By Vasudev Ram

Warning: some people may find the concepts in the article the mentioned below, scary. I do too, sometimes. But it's interesting, all the same.

I recently retweeted a tweet about the AI article below. The original tweet was by Vinod Khosla, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, former or maybe still current partner at top VC firm Kleiner Perkins, and now principal at Khosla Ventures. I found the article very interesting. It is basically a summary of recent developments in AI (Artificial Intelligence), and about how Google, iRobot and other companies are now helping AI come out of its "AI winter" into the "AI summer" - in other words, making AI actually useful in the real world, unlike the earlier (somewhat) failed attempts - which is not a pejorative statement about those earlier attempts; sometimes it takes many failures before a success, plus, many of those endeavours laid the foundations of today's AI successes.

Here is that article about new AI by Steven Levy at Wired:

Wired - Steven Levy: The AI Revolution Is On

Steven Levy is the author of the book "Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution" (and also of some other pretty interesting books about computers, programmers, and their effects on society and the world in general). I had read his "Hackers" book some years ago and found it fascinating too.

- Vasudev Ram - Dancing Bison Enterprises

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