November 1, 2007

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence, a term coined in 1956, is defined as the science and engineering of making intelligent machines. Advances in this field have led to the internet, robots that do surgery, driverless cars, and some pretty cool toys.

But will advances in artificial intelligence challenge our definition of what it means to be human, what it means to be alive? Fiction writers foresaw the possibility of such a conflict, but is there any truth to these fears?

Joan Cartan-Hansen looks at the future of artificial intelligence and its impact on our lives with two guests: Caleb Chung, the inventor of Furby, the first widely released robot; and John Sosoka, Chief Technology Officer for UGOBE, the developer of Life Forms robotic technology. UGOBE is releasing Chung's latest invention, PLEO, a robotic dinosaur.