Nov 16 2017

Lucy Dunn: Orange County on top of artificial intelligence

The following article appears as it was originally published in The Orange County Register November 16, 2017.

Undoubtedly, one of the most influential directors in history is Steven Spielberg. Imaginative fantasy is a hallmark of so many of his movies from E.T. to Jurassic Park to Jaws. But one of his most prescient films, 2001’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence — about a robot boy programmed to feel human emotions — predates today’s Alexa, Siri and even IBM’s Watson, designed to play Jeopardy and soundly beat its two best players in 2011.

Beyond directing Alexa to order pizza or play your favorite tunes, artificial intelligence is increasingly part of daily life. So-called “machine learning” is evident in how a thumb print or facial recognition unlocks your smartphone, in e-commerce and media when systems are making “suggestions” on what you might be interested in buying, to autonomous vehicles, to health care experiments where network cancer detection is on par with experienced medical doctors.

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