While Microsoft's ''crazed'' teen Twitter bot Tay is still fresh in our memory, another AI is making headlines for an entirely different reason.
The robot evolution is promising to take away jobs, traditionally performed by humans, but positions requiring creativeness are said to remain in human domain. However, a Japanese AI proved recently that even creativity could become just a matter of carefully designed algorithms.
Hitoshi Matsubara, a professor of computer science from the Future University in Hakodate in Japan, announced on Monday that his research team's project, a short sci-fi novel that was co-written by an AI, was doing pretty well, passing the initial round of screening for a national literary prize. Eventually, the novel didn't win first prize, it does however make one wonder - is any job postition safe from robot domination?
Reportedly, the bot-co-written book is entitled "The Day a Computer Writes a Novel" and tells a story about a computer's dream to write novels. The robot goes on to leave his service for humans and pursues its creative life of a novelist. The plot and the characters may sound as if human-invented, because they were. AI actually only connected the dots (including words and even some pre-written sentences) to create a storyline.
According to Matsubara, AI programs have so far often been used to solve problems that have answers, such as Go and shogi. He added: "In the future, I'd like to expand AI's potential [so it resembles] human creativity." Using robots to take part in creative processes is a huge thing at the moment, as internet and social media are buzzing with the numerous possibilities that kind of match-made-in-heaven (or hell?) between technology and intelligence would offer.
Imagine you would have access to endless data on anything you could possibly imagine, and then - create, think, invent... The future seems to be quite overwhelming. And scary in the wrong hands.