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Artificial intelligence (AI) is predicted to have a significant impact on society and business. Examples include, autonomous cars, computers understanding human speech and machine learning. Consider for instance, that computer chess games available for commercial desktop machines have the ability to beat accomplished chess players including grand masters.

In this section we introduce a few interesting examples of artificial intelligence to provide a sense of how sophisticated these technologies are becoming.


Definitions of artificial intelligence

  1. The theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages[1].
  2. The capacity of a computer to perform operations analogous to learning and decision making in humans, as by an expert system, a program for CAD or CAM, or a program for the perception and recognition of shapes in computer vision systems[2]



Read the following article published by Forbes which provides a succinct overview of artificial intelligence technologies.


Meet Baby X

Imagine a machine that can laugh and cry, learn and dream, and can express its inner responses to how it perceives you to feel. It can express itself in a natural manner but also allows you to visualise the mental imagery emerging in its mind.[3]

Mark Sagar, Director of the Laboratory for Animate Technologies, and his team at the University of Auckland developed Baby X. Baby X is an interactive virtual infant prototype. Baby X uses basic neural systems modelling the brain to drive advanced 3D computer graphic models of the face. These lifelike models interact in real time with humans including behavioural learning models.

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  1. Oxford Reference
  3. University of Auckland. (2016, April 6). Laboratory for Animate Technologies.