Our changing world (part 2) – Sensible Machines

Sensible: cognizant, keenly aware, capable of feeling and perceiving

Researchers have been working on artificial intelligence for a long time. In fact, 20 years ago Ben attended a “conceptual” introductory class on that area, and even wrote a simple rule-based program. But by then, it seemed as if “true” artificial intelligence was a long way off, if not a pipe dream. Then in 2013, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook presented “Anki” during their developer conference keynote and we had the sense that “AI” had arrived. Personal gratification – Anki had been developed in the labs of Ben’s alma mater. For more on Anki: https://anki.com/en

More recently, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and spinoff Sensible Machines, demonstrated an autonomous quadrotor for the United States Navy’s Office of Naval Research.

“With the micro-flyer, we wanted to show that it could autonomously navigate through the narrow hallways and doors — even in dense fire smoke — and locate fires,” said Thomas McKenna, ONR’s DC-21 program manager. “It succeeded at all those tasks. http://www.cs.cmu.edu/news/autonomous-drone-flies-dark-tight-quarters-assist-firefighting-inside-naval-vessels

This brings us to Watson, which IBM describes as a “cognitive technology that processes information more like a human than a computer”. In 2011, Watson defeated human champions in a Jeopardy challenge. Since then, IBM has been collaborating with partners in more and more fields to expand Watson’s “reach”.

How will artificial intelligence or cognitive technology change our world?