If there is one area, in particular where science fiction has widely predictable the innovations of science are undoubtedly that relating to artificial intelligence. Thinking machines and able to act in a completely independent of man have been the subject of novels and films since the middle of last century, but what writers like Asimov have imagined it could soon become a realism.
Geoff Hinton is a computer engineer and cognitive psychologist, hired two years ago by Google to work on the growth of operating systems intelligent. Is he telling the California-based company is to complete the construction of algorithms characterized by advanced logic capability, able to converse with a human being in a natural way or even flirt? Impossible so not fantasize about a future like that depicted in the film “Her” by Spike Bonze, who very briefly tells the troubled love affair between a man of flesh and blood and software.
Second Hinton, big is engaged for years in the realization of an algorithm to encode thoughts, turning them into sequences of numbers or, to use a more technical jargon, “thought vectors”. It will take time, at least a decade before we can see a technology of this type build in some service or product, but the result will be a code capable of reasoning and logic. In other words, the IA will be equipped with common sense.