Vernacular

I am reading a novel written by Ian McEwan, a British writer of note, called “Machines Like Me,” that involves robots that could actually upload a number of human traits, such as functioning like a male or female body and falling in love.

Set in an alternative-reality version of 1980s London, the book begins as Charlie, a 32-year-old technology enthusiast, buys Adam, an artificial human — one of the first generation of “Adam” and “Eve” robots.

The novel describes the successes and failures of the robotic manikins when Charlie chats with Alan Turing, a real life character who invented an early computer model during World War II. Turing also has purchased some robots.

Charlie has his arm in a plaster cast because Adam had injured his wrist.

Turing describes what scientists found inside his robot.

“Brain? Beautifully achieved. … As a model of general intelligence nothing else comes near it. As a field experiment, well, full of treasures. … In Vancouver there’s another case, an Adam who disrupted his own software to make himself profoundly stupid. He’ll carry out simple commands but with no self-awareness, as far as anybody can tell. A failed suicide. Or a successful disengagement.”

“Of all the A-and-Es we know about, yours is the only one to claim to have fallen in love.”

“We were approaching the gateway to intelligence as we understand it. The software now searched for patterns and achieved so far, and may, in the future. Artificial Intelligence has limitations of its own, such as lack of human-like analyzing or decision making ability, and requires supervision but A.I. is not only impacting our daily lives but also augmenting businesslike – in many ways.”

“A.I. has also impacted various fields, like aiding in synthesizing new chemicals, medical diagnoses, identifying the faces of criminals in a huge crowd, self-driving cars, and even creating new works of art. Even though there is a lot of debate and discussion going on about the future of A.I. but for now Artificial Intelligence is here to stay.”

“While 31% believes humans will be replaced by robots on the job, some contend that A.I. assistance on the job would help improve work/life balance. A.I.-driven predictions are at work to make everything precise, convenient and to make the experience smooth.”

“A.I. assistance will become increasingly useful as (humans) are continuously learning to anticipate consumers’ behavior. Data gathered from users are allowing designers to understand exactly which features are adding value. 2019 is a calendar year where we will use A.I. assistance more than ever, right from ordering food or arranging our planners.”

“Organizations across the globe are adapting Artificial Intelligence in their systems but the process of cognification is a major concern they are facing. Theoretically, everything is getting smarter and intelligent but the existing computer chips are not compatible enough and are slowing down the process.”

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