Computer Science

Gibbons Lecture Series: Alan Turing and the Artificial Brain
The Development of Artificial Intelligence

The final of four lectures on The Turing Legacy to be held on Thursday, May 17th, 2012
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Speaker: Associate Professor Ian Watson, Dept of Computer Science, The University of Auckland

Ian Watson has a PhD in Computer Science from Liverpool University. His career has involved the practical application of many areas of Artificial Intelligence research, including Knowledge Engineering and Expert Systems. His recent interests are in Case-Based Reasoning and Game AI.

Synopsis: Throughout his career Turing was intrigued by the operation of the human brain. His theoretical work was inspired by the question of the limits of what the brain could accomplish. When computers became available he was intrigued by the relationship between brains and computers. In 1950 he published a paper "Computing Machinery and Intelligence" that is widely regarded as the foundation of the field of Artificial Intelligence. In this paper he proposed his "Turing Test", for deciding whether a machine shows intelligence - this continues to be inspirational up to the present day.

We will explore the concept of intelligence and look at arguments from both sides of the philosophical debate claiming that Artificial Intelligence is or is not achievable. With examples from the past and present, including current research at Auckland and further afield, we will also look at the impact Artificial Intelligence will have in the future and the profound impact it is likely to have on society.





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