Intelligent Machines: The truth behind AI fiction

Intelligent Machines: The truth behind AI fiction By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 11 September 2015 From the section Technology Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Machines are getting more human, but will they ever be like they are portrayed in films? Artificial intelligence (AI) is the science of making smart machines, and it has come a long way since the term was coined in the 1950s.Nowadays, robots work alongside humans in hotels and factories, while driverless cars are being test driven on the roads. Behind the scenes, AI engines in the form of smart algorithms “work” on stock exchanges, offer up suggestions for books and films on Amazon and Netflix and even write the odd article.But AI does not have the greatest public image – often due to sci-fi films that…


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