Can you imagine an art conversation between human beings and intelligent machines?
As we get along with intelligent machines, a new kind of subjectivity will emerge from this new ecology. How it will entangle with art is the next big issue.
By 2021, everyday software will be vastly more intelligent and powerful, replacing humans in more and more tasks. How will we keep up?
While some predict mass unemployment or all-out war between humans and artificial intelligence, others foresee a less bleak future. Professor Manuela Veloso, head of the machine learning department at Carnegie Mellon University, envisions a future in which humans and intelligent systems are inseparable, bound together in a continual exchange of information and goals that she calls “symbiotic autonomy.” In Veloso’s future, it will be hard to distinguish human agency from automated assistance — but neither people nor software will be much use without the other.
Veloso is already testing out the idea on the CMU campus, building roving, segway-shaped robots called “cobots” to autonomously escort guests from building to building and ask for human help when they fall short. It’s a new way to think about artificial intelligence, and one that could have profound consequences in the next five years.
We sat down with Veloso in Pittsburgh to talk about robots, programming spontaneity, and the challenge artificial intelligence poses for humanity.
—in “Humanity And Ai Will Be Inseparable”
Manuela Veloso | Head Of Machine Learning, Carnegie Mellon University
By Russell Brandom | Nov. 15, 2016. The Verge