Friday, April 20, 2012
Artificial intelligence is one of the most interesting areas of scientific research. One of the things that makes it interesting is that building machines that can mimic human intelligence requires gaining more insight into human intelligence itself. The truth is, intelligence is poorly understood and not well defined. Is it mostly memory, the ability to store information and retrieve it at will? Is it the ability to recognize patterns, to see how different things are similar and how similar things are different? Is it openness to new ideas? And where do ideas come from anyway? We don't say "I just created an idea." We say "An idea just came to me." Came to me? From where? Are we swimming in an ocean of ideas, most of which bounce off of us and some of which stick to us? If so, how can we attract the ones we want and filter out the ones we don't want? And are there different kinds of intelligence, such as mathematical intelligence and emotional intelligence? I hope to do a series of programs very soon on artificial intelligence, and what it teaches us about actual intelligence. Watch this blog for developments.