The New York Times took a look at start-up Narrative Science today, a company that has developed what is a pretty cool step forward for artificial intelligence, and a pretty frightening step towards human labor's eventual replacement by machines, a piece of software that takes data (sports statistics, financial reports, etc.) and turns it into news articles. They're pretty confident about their product too, with one of the founders predicting that a computer program will win a Pulitzer within five years (and that it may well be their technology).
What makes Narrative Science different than previous attempts at computer-generated news briefs is that this software has the ability to make inferences and actually provide an angle for a story, the New York Times reports. In the realm of sports, it learns the meaning of terms like "come from behind" and "team effort" and leads the article with the aspect of the game it deems most important. This keeps it from being a plug-and-chug fact regurgitator and actually adds some variety to the articles it's writing. The example article posted in the Times led with the sentence "Wisconsin jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in a 51-17 win over UNLV on Thursday at Camp Randall Stadium." Not bad, for a computer.
Most of Narrative Science's 20 customers aren't talking, but the Times was able to confirm that the Big Ten Network has been using the software since the spring of 2010 to generate recaps of sports games. Use of the software helped grow their web traffic for football games by 40 percent between the 2009 and 2010 seasons. And it's cheap – each 500 word article currently only costs $10. If Narrative Science keeps improving their software, lowly human writers may have some competition.
next gen stackble CPUs, Watson AI, now this...
nahhh SKYNET will never happen... ^^ ...
will it? Oo""
bored? lets go mine the stars... ^^
SKYNET can and will eventually happen. Maybe not to the extent seen in the Terminator movies but still. In the near future of 2211, If we haven't wiped ourselves out, we will likely have invented self-replicating and self-aware AI that will become a life of it's own. Whether it goes nuts and starts killing us cannot be determined, but if so I'm sure it would be much more similar to the Mass effect games, where there are basic android bots as well as highly advances AI's out to conquer other species. However with this sort of reasoning implemented on AI's also comes the ability to reason many different scenarios, especially while these occur simultaneously. Anything from saving the humans from other robots trying to kill us, to helping them. Plus I believe that even by then robotic systems will not be able to achieve innovation through their encoding, Quantum processors or no quantum processor. Hence limiting how far they can advance without our help. As they will depend on us for better technology.
Any ways this is just a thought that I'm sure could easily change in my mind, it's just that as of right now there are no ways to truly replicate the human emotions on AI. In fact I think it'll take 2 or 3 Generations before Our grand children will be able to truly call a robot a sentient equal!
@Lricardo101: I completely disagree that computers won't have innovation. Innovation and creativity are nothing more than a rearrangement of patterns we've observed. For example, the first guy to think up a dragon just combined the concepts--or "patterns"--of green, scales, big, lizard, and fire. All things the person observed. That's the case for everything "creative": it's simply new combinations of previously-observed patterns. To really drive the point home, try thinking of a new color. A completely new color, not just a shade of one you've seen before. If you can describe it as "dark" or "light" followed by a color you've seen, it's not new.
You can't. No one can. Our brains can't understand completely new concepts, they can only combine previously-observed concepts in new ways. And as computers are very good at pattern-finding, I see no reason a little shuffling and ranking of the new combinations can't be programmed.
Of course we will have Skynet and AIs. But what worries me is the Christian Extremists that will arise and the fascists that will control every thought and movement of the masses.