In March, Engineering on the Edge covered Lockheed Martin’s investment into the D-Wave quantum computer. At the time, although Lockheed Martin seemed impressed with the system, the verdict was still out on how much faster (if at all) D-Wave’s machine was compared to conventional computers.
Since then, an independent study has confirmed that the quantum computer is as fast, or faster, than other computers. Google and NASA were intrigued enough by the results to partner in order to start an artificial intelligence (AI) lab at NASA’s Advanced Supercomputing Facility at the Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. Continue reading
In a recent interview with Singularity Hub, inventor and new Google Director of Engineering Ray Kurzweil dished on his latest pet project: a way to leverage Google’s resources to create intelligent computers that can understand human language on a “deep level.” Doing so would enable the company to create a type of artificial intelligence that would greatly improve search engines.
Robots can do a lot of things, but so far they still can’t “think” without a team of engineers doing some complex programming on the back end. But what if you were able to model that programming on an existing system — say, the brain of a living insect — and then upload all of those cognitive functions into a robot? Could the robot perform complex tasks intuitively without any programming? Continue reading
Google and other companies have ramped up their tests of autonomous vehicles over the past several years. While most of the major automotive OEMs are working on some sort of driverless system, Google has gotten the most attention because of its high-profile road tests. A political commercial in Florida, however, might indicate that getting states to allow these types of vehicles on the road could be a challenge.
I remember being told as a kid that that the most impressive computer on the planet rested inside my noggin. Sure, computers could be programmed to do math faster than I could (no real achievement there), recall facts more accurately, or any other number of trained tricks, but it couldn’t think.
That notion seems to be moving by the wayside. No, we don’t have any true artificial intelligence yet, but computers are becoming ever more sophisticated in the way they work and process information. The programs responsible for this behavior have become more complex, taking into account more variables, but no one can program for every possibility. That sort of learning only comes from experience.