NOT SCARY: Meet The Icelandic Company Working On Artificial Intelligence

Published October 5, 2015The Icelandic Institute for Intelligent Machines (IIIM) might be the next tech company to make international headlines. Boasting an impressive staff of computer scientists, physicists and electronics engineers, IIIM is currently and actively working on creating machines that possess artificial intelligence. The goal is an ambitious one, bringing its own sets of unique technological and ethical challenges. We spoke with IIIM’s Managing Director, Dr. Kristinn R. Þórisson, to learn more. What exactly qualifies as an “intelligent machine”? How does this differ from artificial intelligence, if at all? To answer the second part first: There is no real difference. The field of artificial intelligence aims at building intelligent machines. The difficulty—and this is a big one—lies in answering the question, “What is intelligence?” You see, most people I…


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