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How Hollywood Keeps Artificial Intelligence at a Distance

When something doesn't exist (like artificial intelligence) it's easy to think that there is some missing piece of magic required to bring it in to existence. There has been a growing interest in movie depictions of AI of late, and these all seem to require some sort of non-linear step to realize this technology.

  • Ex Machina (which I really enjoyed) required a new sort of hard/software in the form of a jelly like substance.
  • Chappie (which I also liked, though I generally prefer cheese and ham combined in a sandwich) required 'terabytes of coding' and a good amount of luck to produce its AI.
  • Age of Ultron (a film about one liners and explosions) required a magic jewel from Loki's staff no less to create its AI.
  • Transcendence (Kurzweil summarized) gives up on AI and simply loads a human brain into the ether.

The message in all of these movies is - the reason we don't have AI is that we haven't taken some non-linear step.

Artificial Intelligence and Economics

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There are lots of articles online of the form - humanity has built some amazing things, so why haven't we produced an artificial intelligence? These articles (here's an example) often include some discussion of a task that even a very young human can perform - e.g. look at an image and describe what objects are in it (though personally I don't believe this is an indication of intelligence).

I believe that one of the key reasons that we can produce algorithms that can design super efficient jet engines, but not systems with the rudimentary common sense reasoning capabilities of a 3 year old is the economic context that drives innovation. The airline industry has an annual revenue of 700 billion dollars. No one has (yet) articulated the revenue potential of a technology that can look at a photograph and tell you what is in it.

The most important (and possibly last) step in the development of artificial intelligence is to create the economic engine that will require and motivate it.

Google UK Search For “UK Ballot” Delivers List Of Parliament Candidates In Upcoming Elections

Search Engine LandFri, 05/01/2015 - 15:23

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Searching for "UK ballot" or "UK election candidates" serves up box that lets voters enter postcode or constituency to see candidate list. The post Google UK Search For “UK Ballot” Delivers List Of Parliament Candidates In Upcoming Elections appeared first on Search Engine Land.

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How Not To Do Local SEO In A Post-Pigeon Era

Search Engine LandFri, 05/01/2015 - 14:34

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Google's Pigeon algorithm update changed the way local SEOs do business -- or at least, it should have. Columnist Neil Patel discusses how we should be breaking old habits and refocusing our local search tactics. The post How Not To Do Local SEO In A Post-Pigeon Era appeared first on Search Engine...

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Search In Pics: Classic Yahoo & Urchin Photos, Google Pegman Pins & Twitter Cardboard Office

Search Engine LandFri, 05/01/2015 - 13:34

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In this week’s Search In Pictures, here are the latest images culled from the web, showing what people eat at the search engine companies, how they play, who they meet, where they speak, what toys they have, and more. Original Urchin Crew Reunites At Google 10 Years After Google’s...

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Google: The Mobile Friendly Algorithm Has Fully Rolled Out

Search Engine LandFri, 05/01/2015 - 12:44

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Google said the mobile friendly algorithm is fully rolled out but there are still some mobile friendly pages that do not see the score since indexing still takes time. The post Google: The Mobile Friendly Algorithm Has Fully Rolled Out appeared first on Search Engine Land.

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Wanted: Session Ideas For SMX East

Search Engine LandThu, 04/30/2015 - 19:19

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Describe your "must see" topics and improve your odds of speaking by sharing your best session ideas with us. The post Wanted: Session Ideas For SMX East appeared first on Search Engine Land.

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Auditing Hreflang Annotations: The Most Common Issues & How To Avoid Them

Search Engine LandThu, 04/30/2015 - 14:14

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It can be challenging to implement the hreflang attribute correctly on multilingual and multinational websites. Columnist Aleyda Solis illustrates the most frequently-made errors. The post Auditing Hreflang Annotations: The Most Common Issues & How To Avoid Them appeared first on Search Engine...

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Is Google Showing Fewer Ads Per Search?

Search Engine LandThu, 04/30/2015 - 13:30

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Columnist Mark Ballard explores both first- and third-party data to help understand what's really driving Google's paid search impression decline and weakening click growth. The post Is Google Showing Fewer Ads Per Search? appeared first on Search Engine Land.

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6 Search Tips For Travel Advertising Success

Search Engine LandWed, 04/29/2015 - 14:12

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Advertisers in the hospitality vertical, don't miss columnist John Cosley's essential tips for making your seasonal travel campaigns the best they can be. The post 6 Search Tips For Travel Advertising Success appeared first on Search Engine Land.

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