There’s a brilliant cover story in this month’s Atlantic by Brian Christian, on the annual Loebner Prize, where teams of computer scientists compete with humans to try and convince a panel of judges that they’re human. The prize is based on an idea of Alan Turing’s, one of the geniuses behind the invention of the Read more…

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My first ever animation, courtesy of the awesome website, www.xtranormal.com. It’s a bit dark – I’m not really suggesting humans don’t have free will, I was just reading some determinist psychology, and I thought it would be funny to have a robot discussing it. But I don’t believe it’s true that we have no free Read more…

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Fascinating article in the FT’s magazine today, by futurologist Michio Kaku. It looks at how researchers in artificial intelligence are realizing quite how far AI is from approximating the functionality of the human brain. One of the big problems, says Kaku, is getting computers to feel: Some people have even suggested that our emotions represent Read more…

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