Artificial intelligence (AI) has been a hot topic over the past year, and the discussions, ambitions, technology and paranoia are not likely to go away any time soon.
AI may be in its infancy - Apple’s Siri virtual assistant still struggles to understand requests and Facebook’s M is in its early stages - but popular culture paints a colourful picture of what the future might hold for the technology.
Yet some are actually not so far from reality as first thought, and have found their way into the business and consumer worlds often without us knowing it.
V3 has a rundown of seven iconic, terrifying and frankly bizarre sentient computers from the world of films that hint at the future of AI.
7. J.A.R.V.I.S from Iron Man
Just A Rather Very Intelligent System (J.A.R.V.I.S) from the Iron Man film was billionaire playboy Tony Stark’s natural-language interface system used to aid his tinkering, rather than a murderous AI.
J.A.R.V.I.S was adapted over the series of films to be loaded into Stark’s Iron Man armour and eventually evolved into a fully-fledged AI that can interact with humans as if it were a living person.
The machine used advanced holographic interfaces and peripherals to interact with Stark and others, but the natural-language recognition technology at its core is not too far removed from the cognitive computing abilities of IBM Watson.
IBM’s supercomputer-derived and cloud-powered AI is able to make sense of all manner of data sources, including unstructured information and spoken and text-based language, and analyse it to solve problems and queries.
So the truly helpful and highly interactive virtual assistant many not be as deep in the realms of science fiction as first thought.
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