I was recently interviewed by a reporter from ComputerWorld about overhyped technology, and it got me thinking about artificial intelligence. When I was reading books about LISP in the 1980s, I envisioned that by the 21st century we would have come up with multipurpose devices to both understand and react to the reality surrounding them. Instead, all we have are toys like the Roomba.
So what have our biggest advances in AI and robotics actually been? I did a little research on the web (and YouTube) to gather some examples.
Robots on the Battlefield
Peter W. Singer just published "Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century," which focuses on how military forces from 44 different countries are already taking advantage of this kind of technology. You can watch an interview where Singer discusses his work on YouTube (below).
What does this kind of technology mean for the future of warfare?