Our research project considers the issues that emerge from recent developments in robotics and artificial intelligence. In particular, we are considering how technological advances and the ways in which humans interact with intelligent machines are changing our understanding of what it means to be human.
Or… think of it this way: recently a very clever piece of deep learning software was fed a few hundred science fiction scripts and a given some prompts that led it to produce an entirely new science fiction short film script (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LY7x2Ihqjmc)
. Watching it, you may think that Hollywood shouldn’t be concerned about the replacement of hundreds hard working and expensive writers by one very smart computer program.
Our project is more interested in what this experiment tells us about human-machine interactions, the nature of human creativity, and the automation of human endeavour. First, humans invented this technology – someone thought that this approach to writing might just work! Second, human creativity cannot yet be entirely replicated (this film wouldn’t convince anyone that it was written by a human). Third, it may not be possible to automate some human skills and doomsday predictions (or hopes) about the end of human endeavour might be premature.
If you are interested in considering these ideas or want to keep up to date with our project, please come to our short course in September (http://www.faraday.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/Short_course.php?CourseID=72),
or ‘like’ the Facebook page for the project: https://www.facebook.com/FaradayAI
or follow us on twitter at @Faraday_AI.