Hold Artificial Intelligence Accountable

by Chamith Fonseka figures by Rebecca Senft The concept of artificial intelligence (AI) tends to evoke images of self-aware computers and robots – Knight Rider, Wall-E, the Terminator – but for the most part, this technology is, for now, restricted to fiction and film. In that time, however, artificial intelligence has already become embedded in everyday life, playing a role in everything from online shopping … Continue reading Hold Artificial Intelligence Accountable

Dances with Chatbots: Interviews at the forefront of AI technology

by Katherine Wu I don’t have many fond memories from middle school. The few bright spots that do exist in my memory, though, revolve around the three essential pillars: television, books, and AOL Instant Messenger. There were few things as satisfying as logging on to AIM and finding a Buddy List populated with the dorky screen names of dozens of my friends. Whether they were … Continue reading Dances with Chatbots: Interviews at the forefront of AI technology

AI in Video Games: Toward a More Intelligent Game

by Harbing Lou figures by Shannon McArdel AI, the foundation of all video games If you have ever played a video game, you have interacted with artificial intelligence (AI). Regardless of whether you prefer race-car games like Need for Speed, strategy games like Civilization, or shooting games like Counter Strike, you will always find elements controlled by AI. AIs are often behind the characters you … Continue reading AI in Video Games: Toward a More Intelligent Game

How Artificial Intelligence Will Revolutionize the Energy Industry

by Franklin Wolfe figures by Franklin Wolfe and Kimia Mavon Earlier this year, Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and the richest man on Earth, wrote an essay online at “The blog of Bill Gates,” to college students graduating worldwide in 2017. He stated, “If I were starting out today… I would consider three fields. One is artificial intelligence (AI). We have only begun to tap … Continue reading How Artificial Intelligence Will Revolutionize the Energy Industry

The History of Artificial Intelligence

by Rockwell Anyoha Can Machines Think? In the first half of the 20th century, science fiction familiarized the world with the concept of artificially intelligent robots. It began with the “heartless” Tin man from the Wizard of Oz and continued with the humanoid robot that impersonated Maria in Metropolis. By the 1950s, we had a generation of scientists, mathematicians, and philosophers with the concept of … Continue reading The History of Artificial Intelligence

Software Complementing Hardware: Artificial intelligence in the clinic

by Sherif Gerges figures by Olivia Foster Most of a physician’s working hours involve pattern recognition and high-level problem solving. Throughout his or her professional tenure, a dermatologist will analyze over two hundred thousand skin lesions, while a radiologist will look at millions of medical images. Yet becoming sufficiently proficient at diagnosing these images is no cakewalk: physicians spend decades building a mental reference database … Continue reading Software Complementing Hardware: Artificial intelligence in the clinic

Psychosis, Dreams, and Memory in AI

by Henry Wilkin figures by Rebecca Clements The original dream of research in artificial intelligence was to understand what it is that makes us who we are. Because of this, artificial intelligence has always been close to cognitive science, even if the two have been somewhat far apart in practice. Functional AIs have tended to do best at quickly finding ‘good-enough’ approaches to problems that … Continue reading Psychosis, Dreams, and Memory in AI