“Robots are interesting because they are a real technology that you can really study. You can study Robotics- and they also have this pop culture real estate that they take up in peoples minds.” says Daniel H Wilson, best selling New York Times author and Robotics Engineer…and I couldn’t agree more. To the hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts like me, Robotics & AI spell not only the shape of things to come, but are also an exciting obsession that occupy cult status in our minds.
As a postgraduate student pursuing my M.S at the University of Buffalo, I am living the dream of being in an environment that fosters an in-depth study of the field. Studying the technology is one thing, but understanding and speculating about its applications for the future is an adrenaline rush like no other. What does Google’s whopping $ 600 Million acquisition of London based AI firm, ‘DeepMind’, mean for the future of ‘search’ and their other products? How is Twitter’s AI based project “Cortex” going to personalize its services for its 300 million users? Could there be truth in Intel’s prediction that by 2022 there will be a network of 50 billion connected objects, which if paired with AI will make factories smart enough to contribute $2 trillion to the global economy?
More importantly…how will Robotics & AI combat diseases, save lives and find solutions to the most pressing Global challenges that humanity faces.
This blog is my attempt not only to report on the latest developments in the field, but also to provide a collaborative platform where enthusiasts can share their knowledge. Cutting through all the negative hype that surrounds the subject, this blog seeks to make a scientific enquiry into the latest developments in Robotics & AI to throw light on the positive solutions it offers for the future.
Responding to World renowned Physicist Stephen Hawking’s warning that we need to move cautiously in the development of AI, especially in the area of autonomous military systems, physicist Ron Neale commented “Such a warning about the application of AI and its derivative intelligent machines (IMs) might be appropriate. But what if IMs are really just a new branch on the tree of evolution that has led us from the original Protists to where we are today?”
It is in the spirit of exploring this new branch of ‘evolution’ that I am curating this blog and I hope that you will join me on this exciting journey.