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Monday, October 15, 2012

Artificial Intelligence as defined by Nick Carr

Nick Carr has a short post here marking the occasion of Facebook's one billionth member.  He goes on to talk a bit about some work at Google on neural nets, but then includes this gem on artificial intelligence:
Forget the Turing Test. We’ll know that computers are really smart when computers start getting bored. If you assign a computer a profoundly tedious task like spotting potential house numbers in video images, and then you come back a couple of hours later and find that the computer is checking its Facebook feed or surfing porn, then you’ll know that artificial intelligence has truly arrived.
It's a short post and a good read.

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