Each year, the artificial intelligence community convenes to administer the famous -- and famously controversial -- Turing test, pitting sophisticated software programs against humans to determine if a computer can "think." The machine that most often fools the judges wins the Most Human Computer Award. But there is also a prize, strange and intriguing, for the "Most Human Human." Brian Christian, a young poet with degrees in computer science and philosophy, was chosen to participate in a recent competition. This playful, profound book is not only a testament to his efforts to be deemed more human than a computer, but also a rollicking exploration of what it means to be human in the first place.
The science and application of HCI continues to evolve with more practitioners, scientists, researchers and developers seek to further what it means to human society and how it can be leveraged to address social and economic issues as well as to determine how people can think and work smarter. It's become such a relevant area of study that university programs and degrees are now available for HCI as a way of furthering the understanding and application for this segment of computer science. At the same time, new jobs are emerging to use these degrees related to furthering areas like those being studied by IBM or as new companies develop applications for artificial intelligence and connected devices that bring us further into the world of computers.
How do we design AI systems that augment and empower people? This course connects human-computer interaction (HCI), the multidisciplinary field that focuses on designing interactions between humans and technology, to the transformative effects of AI so that you can better serve your customers and drive your company forward. You'll learn to make informed decisions on how and when our company should be designing smart and AI-based products to change how you work, learn and communicate. Note: This course was previously titled "Enhance User Experience with Human-Computer Interaction." All of the content has remained the same.
"There's a lot of research in the direction of enabling human thoughts to be able to control computing devices and physical objects too. I always have a lot of writing to do. When I lay down to go to sleep, paragraphs just come to me. Wouldn't you like a device that would capture that flow of thoughts and store it somewhere -- put it on a screen, put it in Word?" -- Dan Olds, analyst at management consulting company OrionX. The meteoric rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) carries the potential for a future that includes perceptual computing.