Monday, September 21, 2015

5 Amazing Artificial Intelligence Technologies

Artificial Intelligence is a field of study that focuses on building computerized systems that can make intelligent decisions. These systems are capable of learning from their environments and make smart/ human-like decisions on the course of action that should be taken based on inputs received from their surroundings. These intelligent systems are also referred to as agents. A.I initially began as a myth, perpetuated by mans desire to develop human-like machines. The Artificial Intelligence field was initially launched in 1956 by the Dartmouth College, and is today taught at most Universities. As the years progressed the field grew larger, as computerized systems are becoming more intelligent. Hear we will cover five(5) interesting A.I technologies.

Alan and Sruthi (Clever Bot)

Clever bot  is an A.I chatbot that has been around since 1997, it has a very large database of actual conversations that persons have had with the chatbot. Given its large database it can therefore have a fluent conversion with an actual person that would make it seem human-like. Two students from the Cornell university, Jason and Igor, added avatars and voices over the chatbot and named them Alan and Sruthi. The bots were placed beside each other and began a conversion that quickly erupted into an argument. The conversion resembled how humans would argue, a video of the actual conversation was posted online.

Rose Chatbot

Rose is another chatbot developed by Bruce Wilcox from the United States. The chatbot is available online and can be used with either Chrome or Safari browser. The bot can respond the text or audio from your microphone. The bot responds with some of the most remarkable responses and has a very clear understanding of the questions she is asked. The bot was written with Chatscript and won numerous awards for its human-like responses.The Rose Chatbot won the Loebner Prize in 2015 and 2014. You can see a preview of Rose here.





Walking Robot

Professor Hod Lipson from the Cornell University built a spider-like robot that can teach itself how to walk in a similar way humans can teach themselves to do other things using object around them and their environment. Without any knowledge of what exactly it is the robot has to figure out its structure using its motors and sensors. When it has an idea of its own structure it can then proceed to try an figure out how to move. The professor demonstrates to an audience of scientists at Swissnex in San Francisco how exactly the robot does this. A video of the robot learning and attempting to walk can be found on YouTube.


MIT Cheetah Robot

A team of researchers at M.I.T built a running cheetah robot that can jump over a variety of obstacles. The  robot is able to detect calculate and then jump over obstacles that it is approaching using its sensors, motors and a well developed algorithm. The cheetah appears very scary like any killing machine from out of a movie. A video was uploaded to YouTube that captures the amazing moment when the robot is running and jumping over obstacles. The video features the robot doing some test runs with a safety harness to prevent it from toppling over and then without the harness. The video can be seen here.

MarI/O Program

SethBling a popular YouTuber uploaded a video on the 13th of June, 2015 that when viral almost instantly. In the video he shows how a program he built called MarI/O can use neural networks to figure out how to play a game. The program learns to play the Mario game and masters it. The program starts from scratch not knowing anything about the game to becoming an expert at beating the game. In his video he explains how this works and how machines can learn from their surroundings and make smart decisions. You can see the full video here.

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Andrelle Thompson

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