Would you trust a robot to tell you how to vote? Scientists from Kimera Systems have developed a robot that will be able to help users make political decisions. The robot named'Nigel' uses artificial intelligence (AI) to become aware of its user's life and utilise the information by offering advice to user's including how to vote. Unlike other AI robots Nigel programmes itself as it goes, rather than teach itself how to perform and effectively carry out tasks. It works solely on how the user is themselves, for example if they offer traits of a left wing supporter he will adapt to that life style.
The creators of a new artificial intelligence programme hope it could one day save democracy. Are we ready for robots to take over politics? "Siri, who should I vote for?" It has stock, non-committal answers for anything that sounds remotely controversial. But the next generation of digital helpers, powered by advances in artificial intelligence (AI), might not be so reticent.
Kimera Systems announced the birth of Nigel – the world's first commercial human-like intelligence technology for connected devices. Nigel was delivered at a birthday party held last Friday in downtown Portland by its creator, Kimera co-founder and CEO Mounir Shita. The Nigel artificial general intelligence (AGI) technology began learning immediately in the same way humans do: by observing the behavior of people with Nigel-enabled devices. Shita began working on his single-algorithm, federated approach to artificial intelligence in 2005, and Kimera Systems was formally incorporated in 2012. The technology was dubbed "Nigel" to honor one of its principal architects, Nigel Deighton, a noted international expert on wireless technologies and a former Gartner research vice president, who passed away in 2013.
There's a new bot in town: Nigel, a software assistant that its creators at Oregon-based Kimera Systems say can learn from the behavior of its users. Nigel was "born" on Friday, when Kimera co-founder and CEO Mounir Shita fired up the program for a private beta test at a birthday party in downtown Portland. It's named after one of the software's principal architects, Nigel Deighton, who passed away in 2013. Kimera says a public beta version of the program will soon be made available. CEO Mounir Shita and COO Nick Gilman deliver Nigel! #AGI is born!
It was back in May of this year that Google's AI AlphaGo beat the high-profile Go player Lee Sedol at his own game. What was a surely disappointing moment for Sedol, losing 4-1 to the AI, was a revelation for the tech community. Media organisations quickly picked up the story, proclaiming AlphaGo's success a demonstration of AI's superiority to humans. But while it may seem that we're headed for a Skynet scenario, artificial intelligence has yet to live up to our expectations of what "intelligence" really is. My interest was peaked when I first heard about Kimera System's latest algorithm, Nigel; the first example of artificial general intelligence.