Amazing Mind

From the lastest issues of Technology Review, there was an interview with a guy named Danny Willis. Danny, along with his company Thinking Machines, have spent a lot of time trying to build the first AI – Artificial Intelligence. The Q&A article was fantastic, and the following statement resonated the loudest:

When early AI researchers began, they assumed that hard problems were things like playing chess and passing calculus exams. That stuff turned out to be easy. But the types of thinking that seemed effortless, like recognizing a face or noticing what is important in a story, turned out to be very, very hard.

The mind is a wonderfully complex thing. How awesome is it as humans to possess the ability to sense your partner’s emotions, the ability for a baby to recognize a mother’s face, and the ability to “read between the lines”.


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