Friday, January 9, 2015

Artificial Intelligence Links for PHY109


Although AI systems can already outperform humans at several well known baseline tasks, i.e. chess, and the Jeopardy competition, they do not currently pose an existential threat to humankind. That situation is in flux, however, as a completely uncontrolled and little regulated profusion of AI systems are created by human software and hardware designers. 

Moore’s law holds that the number of transistors that can be put in a chip will double every 18 months. Actual chip production progress has maintained that pace for decades. A similar kind of progress has taken place in software, and in the ubiquity of information collection and data acquisition, storage, and analysis.  

 This term we will analyze the available information to gain insight as to whether developing artificial intelligence systems pose an existential threat to humankind. 

A good starting article, putting the question in a serious focus.


An article on Viv, a learning, question answering system developed by some of the folks that helped develop Siri for Apple.


The Wikipedia AI article. Use only as a staring point, and do not trust anything in Wikipedia.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artificial_intelligence

The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence – AAAI
http://www.aaai.org/home.html

An introduction section at AAAI with introductions to various topics.
http://aitopics.org

The library of over 10,000 AI articles in the AAAI site.
http://www.aaai.org/Library/library.php

An online version of an upper division course in AI from UC Berkley, CS188.   FREE
https://www.edx.org/course/artificial-intelligence-uc-berkeleyx-cs188-1x-0#.VK8UysZpIso

The journal Artificial Intelligence, from Elsevier publishing. Some articles are open access (free) but for most, only abstracts can be seen without exorbitant fees.
http://www.journals.elsevier.com/artificial-intelligence/

This article in the Washington Post discusses the generally inept and clueless responses of today's crop of politicians in addressing both upcoming, and current issues and threats from AI systems.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/robots-are-sneaking-up-on-congress-along-with-four-other-tech-trends/2015/01/09/1fde310e-9691-11e4-aabd-d0b93ff613d5_story.html?hpid=z3

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