Why is everyone afraid of artificial intelligence? I'm more afraid of natural human stupidity (which is already infinite according to Einstein!). Superintelligence would just balance that out ;-)But seriously I think Nick Bostrom has some flawed arguments in his talk:1.
Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. (Pablo Picasso)
Is Picasso correct? In the scientific literature the question if a computer can be made to ask questions is hardly discussed.
Bibliography Wu (2008):Top 10 algorithms in data mining Segaran (2007): Programming Collective Intelligence: Building Smart Web 2.0 Applications
At the moment we can use internet search machines to find knowledge, that was explicitly written on some webpage. But in my opinion the future of internet search will not be in finding better algorithms to search for this explicit knowledge.
The process of knowledge generation involves finding links or connections between already existing pieces of knowledge. There are some applications out there, that can help with that:
PaperCube PathWay, see also CNET: New Mac Review: Keep Wikipedia research focused with Pathway Also helpful would be a Google Scholar API, but it does not exist yet:
The Netflix Prize will be over soon. As possibly best algorithms emerged:
Support Vector Machine (SVN) Restricted Boltzmann Machine (RBM) k-nearest neighbors algorithm (KNN) Bibliography Was macht den perfekten Film aus?