Artificial Intelligence in Five Years

Thursday, March 12, 2009


In what’s being described as one of the greatest scientific breakthroughs of all time, laboratories across the world are closing in on a “second genesis” — the creation of true, artificial intelligence.

Prof David Deamer, from California University, said although building a new lifeform from scratch is a daunting task he is confident it can happen in five to 10 years.

A synthetic, made-to-order living system could produce everything from new drugs to biofuels and greenhouse gas absorbers.

The finishing line could be in sight after geneticists Professor George Church and Dr Michael Jewett, of Harvard Medical School, told a synthetic biology conference in Hong Kong that they had synthetically created part of a cell, called a ribosome.

The breakthrough offers hope that they could create an entire cell; something Prof Church believes would be a relatively minor challenge.

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3 Responses to Artificial Intelligence in Five Years

  1. Adirondacky says:

    In a 1977 article, the late AI pioneer Allen Newell foresaw a time when the entire man-made world would be permeated by systems that cushioned us from dangers and increased our abilities: smart vehicles, roads, bridges, homes, offices, appliances, even clothes. Systems built around AI components will increasingly monitor financial transactions, predict physical phenomena and economic trends, control regional transportation systems, and plan military and industrial operations. Basic research on common sense reasoning, representing knowledge, perception, learning, and planning is advancing rapidly, and will lead to smarter versions of current applications and to entirely new applications. As computers become ever cheaper, smaller, and more powerful, AI capabilities will spread into nearly all industrial, governmental, and consumer applications.

  2. Rachel says:

    It is a brave, new world. I think the future is here and we had better get ready for the changes about to transform our lives and the world. I only know the concept of Artificial Intelligence from movies and I think it’s terribly exciting.

  3. I think I’m gonna call Vegas and see what the over/under is on when we as a species first use AI for evil, day one, or day two.

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