Saturday, January 15, 2011

Michio Kaku And The Intelligence Revolution 4

Here is our last installment in this series covering Michio Kaku's BBC documentary Intelligence Revolution.

The last two episodes of the series deal more with the philosophical issues of an advanced robotic intelligence.

Creating the Kinds of Machines We Can Live With
Kaku, Kurzweil and others, believe that humanity does have a choice as to what kind of machines they can make.  They hold that it is up to humanity to make computing machines that will not eventually try to replace us, get rid of us or enslave us.
"Whenever Hollywood shows you humans coming into conflict with AI the sides are always roughly evenly balanced. Hollywood can only show you movies where the good guys have a fighting chance. Goliath versus David is a story. Goliath versus a fruit fly is not." Eliezer Yudkowski

Rosalind Picard, MIT
Rosalind Picard is founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at MIT. She is the Co-Director of the Things That Think Consortium as well as leader of the Autism & Communication Technology Initiative at MIT.  Affective computers are machines that have been taught emotions and how to interact with humans which are of course, emotional creatures.  Here is Dr. Picard explaining her definition of affective computing.  If you cannot see the embedded video, here is the link:

But how can we teach machines emotion? We must devise software that is able to read accurately the human face to determin emotions being felt. Dr. Picard at MIT is working on this. In this video she demonstrates the progress made so far.  If you cannot see the embedded video here is the link:

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Merging Our Minds With Machines
Dr. Ali Rezai via popsci
Dr. Ali Rezai at the Cleveland Institute of Medicine has been embedding chips for people suffering depression and Parkinson's Disease.  What Dr. Rezai has devised he calls a "brain pacemaker."  So now brain chips are being used to affect the emotional state of an individual and cure diseases that affect the brain in way a similar way.  Here is a video that explains DBA surgery with spectacular results.  If you cannot see the embedded video here is the link:

Merging of Humans And Machines
Rodney Brooks
Rodney Brooks, a robotocist at MIT, thinks that humans will eventually merge with computers in the form of robots.  In a TED conference, Dr. Brooks explains how robots will invade our lives.  Dr. Brooks is the founder of the well known company iRobot, which makes the consumer robotic vacuum cleaners.  If you cannot see the embedded video here is the link:

John Granacki, USC
John Granacki
A physicist by training, he is now in the field of Neuroscience.  He is also the director of the Dynamic and Advanced Systems, which is part of the Information Sciences Institute of the University of the Southern California.  He is involved in embedded systems.  These are computer systems that are located inside something or even someone, as in computer chip implants.

Susan Greenfield
Susan Greenfield
Dr. Greenfield is a professor of Synaptic Pharmacology at Lincoln College, Oxford.  She is also a member of the House of Lords, with the title Baroness.  She is an independent member of the House of Lords that are called crossbenchers.  She is generally critical of the way technology is being used in society, especially social networks.  Here she speaks about the effects of social networks on the brain.  If you cannot see the embedded video here is the link:

And now for Kaku's last two part of the series The Intelligence Revolution.
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