Posts Tagged ‘Singularity’

Artificial Intelligence Pushes Ahead in China

Baidu logoA recent press release revealed that, “There are signs indicating that Chinese Internet users might be the very first group of people to truly reap the benefits of artificial intelligence. The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, written by Ray Kurzweil, painted us a picture of artificial intelligence. Kurzweil describes his law of accelerating returns which predicts an exponential increase in technologies; in the book he says this will lead to a technological singularity in the year 2045, a point where progress is so rapid it outstrips humans’ ability to comprehend it. Baidu, the leading Chinese search service provider, recently announced their ground-breaking Light App (a modified kind of web app), the Baidu Exam-Info Master. Using the artificial intelligence of their search engine, Baidu seeks to offer some practical help to high school seniors when it comes to applying for their dream college after the National College Entrance Examination. This service has soon become wildly popular among users, and may grow into a key motivation for Baidu to duplicate this kind of method into a far broader area.”

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Watson Wins: We Welcome Our New Computer Overlord, Too

Watson, it may come as no surprise to those who’ve been following its progress on Jeopardy this week, took home the grand prize, or rather the charity it was playing for did : $1 million for World Vision and World Community Grid.

But while Watson started off strong this round, its two human competitors – especially Ken Jennings – gave it a better run for its money than we’ve seen in the whole competition. Especially Ken Jennings, who actually was on a winning streak going once or twice in the game. He advanced big-time at one point by landing on the Daily Double and betting the lot of his winnings, telling the audience that it was either do that or unplug Watson.

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