Now we're getting into hardcore science fiction territory. Facebook and Google are both building thinking computers, and they're teaching them to do some very human things. Imagine a computer that has an imagination, and can create new, unique works of art.
Movies like "iRobot" have shown the concept of a real thinking mega-computer to the masses but now it could actually happen. The two Internet giants are competing to make the most advanced neural computer networks, better known as artificial brains.
Facebook's artificial intelligence, or AI, can paint - well technically, it can recreate images it "sees" and the reproductions are so good that humans are thinking they're looking at the real deal over 40% of the time. Both Google's and Facebook's neural computers can recognize the spoken word, translate between two languages and even pick out faces, cars and other objects in pictures.
Google knows that there is still so much to learn about these AI networks.
The team said in an official blog post, "Artificial Neural Networks have spurred remarkable recent progress in image classification and speech recognition. But even though these are very useful tools based on well-known mathematical methods, we actually understand surprisingly little of why certain models work and others don’t."
The post goes on to explain that they have to train these networks to get the desired results like they would with any human being. "We know that after training, each layer progressively extracts higher and higher-level features of the image, until the final layer essentially makes a decision on what the image shows."
I think the idea of super-computers is exciting but we'll need to determine where to draw the line. Do you agree or do you think that we should see how far we can take this type of technology? Tell me your opinion by leaving me a note in the comments section below.