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Rise of the Machines

Spring 2023

Admit it— when you think about artificial intelligence, your first thoughts are of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Skynet and T-800 cyborgs.  That’s understandable. The Terminator movies— about self-aware machines determined to wipe out the human race—are wildly popular and have a huge impact on how we think of artificial intelligence.  But AI is not science fiction doom-and-gloom.  In simple terms, AI is the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines. The two types of AI are weak and strong. Weak AI are systems that are trained for a particular task. When you ask Siri a question on your iPhone or tell Alexa to play your favorite song, that’s weak AI in action.  Strong AI is more complex. It deals in systems with cognitive functions that mimic the human brain. This mirrors what you see in the movies: The Terminator, The Matrix, Blade Runner or 2001: A Space Odyssey.  There may come a day when Hollywood’s version of AI technology is achieved. Right now, AI is about optimizing machine learning and task performance. 

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