Technology Overviews

Smart(er) Robots-Computers are coming

  • Physical tasks

    • industrial robots; medical surgery; etc.
  • Cognitive tasks

    • computing large numbers; Big Data analytics; personal assistants;
    • board games: 1997, IBM’s Deep Blue defeated the World Chess Champion, Garry Kasparov – using a computational method, not general intelligence; 2016, Google-DeepMind’s AlphaGo  beats Go world champion, Lee Sedol; 2017, AlphaGo Zero beats a series of world best Go players after learning the game by itself- without studying human moves; other games: 2011, IBM’s Watson won Jeopardy game;
    • financial and strategic advise: 2014, Deep Knowledge Ventures, a Hong Kong-based venture capital firm appointed an AI, Validating Investment Tool for Advancing Life Sciences – VITAL as member of its advisory board;
  • Caring tasks
  • ‘Creative’ tasks

    • music: David Cope’s Experiments in Musical Intelligence –EMI – an AI creating pieces of classical music indistinguishable from human ones;
    • performing arts: 2014, Mylon, a humanoid robot starring in “My Square Lady” opera in Berlin.