Weekly summary – How can AI provide to human?

 

This week my blog inputs are more focused on AI technologies in which I find this topic very interesting.  Humans are spending huge effort and investment for advanced technology.  It now comes to the stage that there is low, or even no, difference between how a computer / robot performs and what humans do.

Kismet, the robot created by M.I.T. is no longer new to me after looking into the cyberculture topic for some weeks.  Kismet is a robot who interacts with humans through her body posture and facial expressions. The aim of this project is to explore social interactions between humans and robots and also between the humans themselves.

Another example is AlphaGo which has been created with extensive training with human and computer play on chess games.  One of the most well known news is the winning over world champion in 2016 and also recently in January 2017.

AI is providing many advancement to our life, interacting with robots who can interact, behave and socialize like humans.  However, sometimes people prefer “natural” rather than “artificial”.  The example of plastic surgery teaser is a perfect demonstration.  The joke implies that people actually prefer natural and inborn beauty rather than that obtained by plastic surgery.  The posthumanism results in an embarrassing situation for the model who only starred in the advertisement for a plastic surgery clinic.

 

References:

Brennan, Siofra (2015) Model who was ridiculed online after starring in a plastic surgery advert that was turned into a ‘cruel’ meme is SUING after claiming it ruined her life
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3312405/Model-s-life-ruined-image-turned-internet-meme.html

 

Google’s Deep Mind Explained! – Self Learning A.I.

 

 

Sometimes plastic surgery can create too much rumours

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February 03, 2017 at 07:25PM
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Do Androids Dream? An interesting interview with M.I.T.

Kismet is a robot who interacts with humans through her body posture and facial expressions. The aim of this project is to explore social interactions between humans and robots and also between the humans themselves.

Previous attempts put very abstract features of human intelligence into a machine: chess playing, mathematical theorem-proving and natural language processing. They now make the robots to be embodied and focus on humanoid features.  The 2 robots introduced in the article are Cog and Kismet.

Cog is a whole body and Kismet is mostly a head and facial expression. Our work with Cog concentrates more on the embodiment stuff and Kismet more on emotional-social learning.

  

Cog and Kismet

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February 03, 2017 at 07:23PM
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AlphaGO has won the chess game over the world champion

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February 03, 2017 at 07:21PM
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Week 2 Summary – Emotional building in transhumanism

I am greatly inspired by James’s feedback about my blog inputs and also the TogetherTube tutorial session attended.  This week I am more focused on the relationship between human and technology, and how transhumanism can change our future.

Interestingly, the 3 youtube videos I have included this week all touched on emotional building for robots.  In Bioengineering a Perfect Human, it mentioned that people may use the advanced technology to make their body more “plastic and bionic to delay the adverse effects of ageing bodies” (Millier, V. 2011).  However, technology cannot (or can hardly) change someone’s emotions.

In Beyond Human: The Age of Androids, it is interesting to point out that robots are created by human, based on human and to understand human.  This is obviously an example of cybernetics, “the study of regulatory systems and self governing mechanisms” (Hayles, 1999.)

In the video Beyond Human: Emotional Robots, it introduced the “trend” of building robots now to focus on emotion expressions and interactions with human.  This is not only about receiving or executing work orders which are rather one way, but also exchanging feelings, emotions and ideas between humans and technology.  This makes me thinking about “Gumdrop” (one of the movies in TogetherTube tutorial class), who lives and interacts like humans.  She dreamed to be an actor and her voice and tone are like a real feminine person.

 

 

The song – Citizens of Tomorrow

The song – Citizens of Tomorrow

By Tokyo Police Club

“Our robot masters will know
How to clean this mess up
And build a better world…”

This is rather a productive anxieties demonstrated with robot becoming the master and helping to build a better world for us!  This also can be an example of posthumanism to imply obsolescence of humans.

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February 01, 2017 at 06:02PM
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The line between human and machine is starting to blur

Imagine one day your robot at work can also demand the “robot rights” or labour law for robots.  The line between human and machine is starting to blur.  This is in the sense that “technologies are not ‘inhuman’ or apart from humanness, but are things integrated into people’s plans, projects and desires.” (Miller, V. 2011).  In the video, Dr. Anne Foerst, 34, a researcher at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the director of M.I.T.’s God and Computers project, commented that they are creating robots based on human to understand human.

Reference:

Miller, V. (2011) Chapter 9: The Body and Information Technology, in Understanding Digital Culture. London: Sage. (e-reserve, pdf)

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Robots are now emotionally focused to interact with human

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Bioengineering a Perfect Human

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The Youtube video was about defining of perfection and how people can considerably change themselves to be closer to perfection with technological support.  It mentioned names such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Justin Bieber who are well known to have appealing faces, and certain people will look for plastic surgery solutions to look for better appearance.

With the “increasing technological mastery of bodies, especially within the medical sciences” (Miller, V. 2011), people may look for not only external but also internal “perfection”.  An example which the video quoted is Angelina Jolie to have removed ovaries and breasts when she was found with the health check result in a high risk of cancer.

The video also mentioned that even technology can achieve “external and internal” perfection, it is still a long way to go for improving someone’s behavior with technological advancement.

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February 01, 2017 at 04:10PM
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