The Search for (Artificial) Intelligence

  As many of you know, my company (Capable Networks) recently launched www.robocommunity.com, the official online community for WowWee Robotics– a brilliant little up-and-coming robotics / intelligent toy company.  WowWee is the proud parent of Robosapien (V1 evolution; V2 evolution), Robopet, Roboraptor, the RS Media, and others.  So, if you have kids who might love a new robotic toy for Christmas, check it out.

But the reason I post on this today is that I recently launched a thread on the community about artificial intelligence, and I thought you all might be interested in participating in the discussion.  It’s actually already quite fascinating, and I’m having trouble getting people to give me satisfying answers (we all know how I love to debate).

In a nutshell, I want to know where the line is.  Robots are becoming more and more sophisticated, as demonstrated by WowWee’s work (you wouldn’t believe what they have planned for 2007).  But when is artificial intelligence in play?  When do we cross the line between a sophisticated pre-programmed response to information gleened from sophisticated sensors, and actual “intelligence”. 

Anyway, check it out if you’re interested.  Read the thread.  Post your thoughts.  Help me get to the bottom of this.

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About Jeff Block

Lover and follower of Christ. Husband and father. Writer and seminary student. On a long journey, learning to swim with the current of God's love and walk with Him in the garden in the cool of the day.
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