Science fiction is an incubator for imaginative minds to create visions that help us to glimpse not only the future, but also something about ourselves in the present. Fueled by the extrapolation of 'what is' into 'what can be', science fiction transports us beyond the horizon of our current technologies enabling us to observe the possible incarnations of scientific progress and to experience and appreciate the many ways this may impact upon us. For example, George Orwell's classic work, 1984, introduced the notion of an omnipresent 'Big Brother' and served as a focal point for discussion about our attitudes, perceptions, hopes and fears about technology, society, and how they intertwine. Also, the concept of rules of ethical conduct for robots was introduced as ‘Three Laws of Robotics’ by U.S. author Isaac Asimov in his book Runaround originally published in 1942.
The term artificial intelligence typically evokes thoughts of science fiction movies and the far-off future, and it's true that we haven't yet created self-aware AI in its purest sense. There's no murderous HAL 9000 or army of Terminators trying to wipe us out -- this dystopian side of AI remains in the fictional realm, and hopefully always will. However, a smaller degree of artificial intelligence exists today, and it's developing quickly to influence our daily lives.
Ideas about artificial intelligence (AI) have tended to swirl around without offering me much to think about. I use Siri and Hello Google on my iPhone, I'm aware of the increasingly powerful social media algorithms, and I've watched, with some interest, the accomplishments of IBM's Watson. Yet I haven't really thought much about it.
Last year, director Oscar Sharp and AI researcher Ross Goodwin released the stunningly weird short film Sunspring. It was a sci-fi tale written entirely by an algorithm that eventually named itself Benjamin. Now the two humans have teamed up with Benjamin again to create a follow-up movie, It's No Game, about what happens when AI gets mixed up in an impending Hollywood writers' strike. Ars is excited to debut the movie here, so go ahead and watch. We also talked to the film cast and creators about what it's like to work with an AI.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a concept that has a long standing tradition in the realm of science-fiction, popularized by Hollywood movies and iconic writers such as Isaac Asimov. However, AI has also received increased attention in recent years following news of progress in the field and the prospect of new, tangible, innovation such as self-driving cars. The Internet has played an important role in these developments, particularly as the platform for AI enabled services – some with significant implications for the continued development of a trusted Internet.
When Larry Kasanoff said he was turning the world's most iconic puzzle game into a trilogy of science fiction movies, I was speechless. After a disaster like Pixels, how could anybody look at Tetris and think there was a narrative to tell? The game may be a classic, but the narrative potential of organizing falling bricks into horizontal lines seemed weak to me.
CLOSING TIME: In the classic sci-fi film "2001: A Space Odyssey," two astronauts find their lives in jeopardy when an onboard ship computer thinks it is smarter than the humans that built it and takes over their space mission. A central concept to the story was the danger of artificial intelligence (AI), capable of out-thinking and possibly overtaking its human creators.
Reading Laurie Penny's article about AI will not pose many surprises for readers of classic science fiction (Opinion, 20 April). She suggests that we may have to "build robots with a capacity for moral judgment", which presumably would entail their having basic commands capable of overruling experience (experience of language being what so rapidly turns'bots racist and sexist). Isaac Asimov long ago turned this idea into a series of books about his three laws of robotics. She also points to the role of language in forming preconceptions, citing our rigid system of pronouns. Poul Anderson, also long ago, proposed a whole new system, with "e" as the third-person pronoun, "uz" as its possessive, and the lovely word "marry" as a noun denoting a partner of whatever gender ("uz marry"). I wonder why we haven't yet succeeded in imitating him.