Friday, April 03, 2009

Hello Hal

"In just over a day, a powerful computer program accomplished a feat that took physicists centuries to complete: extrapolating the laws of motion from a pendulum's swings. Developed by Cornell researchers, the program deduced the natural laws without a shred of knowledge about physics or geometry."

Using genetic algorithms in conjunction with recursion enables the app to learn on it's own, something that has escaped scientists for years in trying to harness compute power to intelligently analyze mountains of data systems generate on a daily basis. As stated in the article, the real power of the program will be to find new theories to explain information too complex for humans to understand, a powerful idea that resonates with profound implications with writers like Phillip Dick, Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke.

Click here to get a second take regarding this ground breaking research.

The only caveat to all of this is to make damn sure you don't tell the system to lie or conceal information as the end result can give one pause... :)

I'm sorry Dave...
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