Artificial-intelligence researchers have been at their quest for decades. It looks as if things are about to get real.
Humanlike robots make an appearance in Homer’s Iliad
stealing fire from the gods
Pamela McCorduck has chronicled the history of AI
AI has many incarnations, and some of them have been “smarter” than humans for decades:
– crunching numbers
– identifying patterns in mountains of raw data
computers are woefully behind in common-sense cognitive skills
– Georgia Tech’s Simon http://www.simontherobot.com
– MIT’s Nexi http://robotic.media.mit.edu/projects/projects.html
University of Sussex’s ECCERobot http://eccerobot.org
For decades, “chess was considered the summum bonum of human intelligence.” We marveled at the masters’ concentration, tactics, and strategies and their ability to visualize positions a dozen moves ahead.. We saw in the great games embodiments of daring, passion, and icy reserve. And then in 1997 IBM’s Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov …
In the 1970s the artist Harold Cohen developed a computer program, AARON, which has been drawing and painting ever since.