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Artificial Intelligence is here.

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Eldrick Report 3 Jul 2008 21:24

Silicon chips - the inteliigence in computers- have shrunk in size and increased in effectiveness over the past 10 years at an alarming rate.

As components have shrunk critical elements of the transistors, known as gate dielectrics, do not perform as well allowing currents passing through the transistors to leak, reducing the effectiveness of the chip.

To overcome this, companies have replaced the gate dielectrics, previously made from silicon dioxide, with an oxide based on the metal hafnium.

This breakthrough resulted in the very real prospect of artificial intelligence and consciousness. Experiments in America at Intel have progressed to the stage of robots that can 'think' and reason.

Now the introduction of the latest technology can create entire 'nervous systems' - carbon nanotubes are tiny straw-like molecules less than 2 nanometres (billionths of a metre) in diameter, 50,000 times thinner than a strand of a human hair.

Robots can now feel pain and, as you would expect, pleasure.

Isn't this amazing!


Jenxx Report 3 Jul 2008 21:32

OMG Terminator comes to mind


MrDaff Report 3 Jul 2008 21:33

Hi Eldrick... does that mean it will soon be robots WHO and not robots THAT.... frightening!!

I hope my little BaBa Broom doesn't get any bright ideas about getting all emotional on my living room carpet!! lol It's bad enough now.. he cries when he gets caught up on the wastepaper basket if I forget to put it out of reach!!


Daff xxxx

~flying doctor~

~flying doctor~ Report 3 Jul 2008 21:40

Did you see the prog on tele about the girl who was blinded in a car accident having surgery to try to get back sight. She had huge battery pack around her waist and had to plug into large conectors which stimulated the optic nerve in her brain. all done by a man who believed but couldn't get funding as it was not approved. Now he was a pioneer but has unfortunately died so she has to wait until the powers that be decide that it would be good to make the blind see. Yes Eldrick, there are some amazing things I agree with you it's mind blowing but I do wish they would help the afflicted rather than build robots. Elaine.


Jenxx Report 3 Jul 2008 21:59

Eldrick how can non living things feel pain
and a human must have programmed the chip in the first place


Eldrick Report 3 Jul 2008 22:06

Yes, I believe that the robots were'chiopped' to respond to stimulus in certain ways, but in such a manner as they can self-interpret the stimuli.

So whilst humans created the chips. they did not create the effects - that is left up to the artificial brains of the robots...if you think about it, humans are programmed to act in certain ways - if you burn yourself it is instinct to snatch your hand away from the flame, etc...I suppose it must be the same sort of 'programming' in these cases.


MrDaff Report 3 Jul 2008 22:07

nah Hayley.... that is jest a silly con wmsl!!

*sighs* I know it isn't really funny.... but I am tooo tired to care, lol!!

Can't sleep... too hot!


Daff xxx


Eldrick Report 3 Jul 2008 22:09

I admit, silicon has it's uses, for sure.

What is Jordan? I thought it was a place....where there is a wailing wall...?


Jenxx Report 3 Jul 2008 22:11

If I burn myself I will really feel the pain
but how can a robot feel real pain if it is not a living thing


Jenxx Report 3 Jul 2008 22:14

Going now thread gone silly
night all Jenxx


Eldrick Report 3 Jul 2008 22:14

I dont know - Im not a robotics professor, lol

I can only imagine that it is responding to stimuli and it's 'programming' is telling it to interpret it as pain....but as to how it's done, I have no idea and probably wouldn't understand if I did :-)

Hayley   Empress of Drama

Hayley Empress of Drama Report 3 Jul 2008 22:15

sorry Elderick Jen wll delete my posts..


Amanda2003 Report 3 Jul 2008 22:21

Artificial intelligence feeling artificial terribly useful in our modern world .............not.


Eldrick Report 3 Jul 2008 22:26

I only mentioned the pain thing as an example, though.

I can think of lots of applications for artificial intelligence - in military areas, for instance, or inhospitable environments - exploring underwater for minerals, or in outer space on unmanned missions.

It would open up a fantastic new world of exploration alone. Then imagine going out in the morning and having all your h/wk done for you getting home - dinner made....


MrDaff Report 3 Jul 2008 22:31

I'm sorry if I have offended you Jen!

My Ba Ba Broom is a robotic vacuum cleaner.... very useful, and efficient, and has been programmed to make certain sounds when it is indicating something... one noise for telling me it is about to start cleaning... another when it finds a patch of cat hairs and has to work a little harder, another when it has got itself stuck anywhere...... and finally a little wiggle and a giggle when it is taking itself back to the docking station to re-charge when it has finished it's job.

Google Roomba for further details.


Daff xxxx


Toria Report 3 Jul 2008 22:32

So are we talking artifical soldiers here then Eldrick ?


MrDaff Report 3 Jul 2008 22:35

I have watched those bomb disposal robots in action when I lived in NI..... it was for real, and outside the house I lived in..... turned out to be a pile of cookery books that were set off in a controlled explosion... but that was an amazing piece of technology!! Well, I thought so at the time... it must be much more advanced these days.


Daff xxx