Here’s an interesting article I found on the BBC website:
It was while I was making my last BBC TV series, The Code, that I bumped into a neuroscientist I knew.
“Have you heard the news about Watson?” he asked me.
I wasn’t quite sure what he was referring to. A new release of Sherlock Holmes? I looked confused.
“Watson beat the world champions at Jeopardy last night,” he added.
Jeopardy is an American television quiz show which tests general knowledge. But I could not understand why a professor of the brain was interested in it.
But then he revealed that Watson was not a person, but a computer. Watson’s triumph, he believed, represented a hugely significant moment for the field of artificial intelligence (AI).
Ever since Alan Turing’s seminal paper back in 1950 asking whether machines could ever think, scientists have been striving to create machines that can rival our intelligence
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MAN v MACHINE
A series of challenges have been suggested to test if a computer can match the human mind:
- Defeat the World Chess Champion (achieved)]
- Beat the world champions at TV general knowledge quiz show Jeopardy (achieved)
- Successfully impersonate a human in online communications
- Assimilate visual information as effectively as the human brain