What do we mean when we say a machine thinks?
Computers and robots have long been able to crunch impossibly large numbers and execute complex scripted tasks. However, now they’re winning game shows, teaching themselves how to walk, and even rediscovering calculus. But do they truly think? Can they ever learn to feel? And what would it mean for robots to have a soul? Man Made Minds: Living with Thinking Machines is an in-depth look at the emerging advances in artificial intelligence and the increasingly clever machines that stand to reshape our near future.
David Ferrucci, a principle investigator at IBM’s T.J. Watson’s Research Center, takes us inside the mind of the supercomputer, and recent Jeopardy! champion, WATSON.
Roboticist Hod Lipson shows us new robots that are able to perceive their environment and teach themselves abilities—such as proprioception—long assumed to be solely biological phenomena.
Eric Horvitz presents the Medical Bayesian Kiosk, a revolutionary new system he’s developed to perform surprisingly human-like triage in understaffed hospitals.
The entire panel wrestles with the notion of what it means for technology to “feel.”