Scientists in the Netherlands are endowing a robotic cat with a set of logical rules for emotions. They believe that by introducing emotional variables to the decision-making process, they should be able to create more-natural human and computer interactions. "We don't really believe that computers can have emotions, but we see that emotions have a certain function in human practical reasoning," says Mehdi Dastani, an artificial-intelligence researcher at Utrecht University, in the Netherlands. By bestowing intelligent agents with similar emotions, researchers hope that robots can then emulate this humanlike reasoning, he says. The hardware for the robot, called iCAT, was developed by the Dutch research firm Philips and designed to be a generic companion robotic platform.
"Within the set of companies surveyed, representing over 15 million workers in total, current estimates would suggest a decline of 0.98 million jobs and a gain of 1.74 million jobs. "Extrapolating these trends across those employed by large firms in the global workforce, we generate a range of estimates for job churn in the period of up to 2022. "One set of estimates indicates that 75 million jobs may be displaced by a shift in the division of labour between humans and machines, while 133 million new roles may emerge that are more adapted to the new division of labour between humans, machines and algorithms."
It is the nature of humankind to constantly strive toward innovation and bring forth new inventions. Creativity, imagination and conscious reflection are distinguishing features of the human brain which cannot be copied by machines. However, the use of neuronal networks in machines such as AlphaGO is a prime example that demonstrates the extraordinary speed of development in the area of artificial intelligence (AI). The research and development relevant to AI represents a truly remarkable achievement in human culture. In the years ahead intelligent computers will improve the quality of life: They will diagnose illnesses, recommend therapies, protect the environment, support education and transform the way we work.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is the science of making smart machines, and it has come a long way since the term was coined in the 1950s. Nowadays, robots work alongside humans in hotels and factories, while driverless cars are being test driven on the roads. Behind the scenes, AI engines in the form of smart algorithms "work" on stock exchanges, offer up suggestions for books and films on Amazon and Netflix and even write the odd article. But AI does not have the greatest public image - often due to sci-fi films that display dystopian visions of robots taking over the world. Over the next week, the BBC will be looking into all aspects of artificial intelligence - from how to build a thinking machine, to the ethics of doing so, to questions about whether an AI can ever be creative.
Your robot knows about you. It even organizes your dinner party because it already knows your friends. It helps you develop friendships and network. It thinks and collects important information and knowledge. Not just the one already important to you, but even better, the one that will become important in the future.