The University of Alberta has a lot going for it. It’s pretty. And it’s home to many an eccentric and clever inventor, like Kory Mathewson. Kory is an A.I researcher who comes with a side-kick, a robot that does improv comedy. In this Hello World video, Bloomberg Businessweek's Ashlee Vance goes in search of the humorous side of artificial intelligence.
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I had the chance to work a bit with Kory many years ago doing improv, and I've gotta say this thing looks very cool! He's a great guy, and this tech will only keep developing from here, but such an interesting way to combine two of his interests in doing improv and computer science! Way to be man!
I get that Kory thinks his enthusiastic talking and charisma can fill the gap and make up for the fact that this is really just Siri inside a store-bought robot toy and _not_ A.I., but I'm just not buying any of this b.s. of it doing stand-up or possessing any level of intelligence: Blueberry's responses are mostly off because it's not really intelligent or conscious at all. Making it quote lines from movies is a neat way to make it seem more relatable and aware of phrasing and culture, but that's really just a sort of a randomized text-to-speech algorithm coupled with voice recognition capabilities. Putting this voice inside a moving plastic robot makes it seem real to anybody who doesn't understand computers or A.I. But it's not A.I. and it's nothing new.
It could potentially be interesting if it were trained long enough using a neural network that favors funny responses but that would be impossible through improv shows alone. Possibly some kind of crowdsourcing could be used...
I appreciate this guy's knowledge but one particular thing I want to say is.. don't create emotional intelligence to machines.. its OK to have robots around us without emotional intelligence ..but emotional intelligence in a machine will lead to a path of human destruction....!
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