artificial intelligence

Lisa Ventre / University of Cincinnati

Using the processing power of a $35 tiny computer, a University of Cincinnati doctoral graduate's artificial intelligence (AI) program has beaten the Air Force in simulated aerial combat at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

Computers and robots that have become a bit too smart have been the driving force behind the Terminator franchise, I, Robot, The Matrix Trilogy, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and dozens of other movies. But science fiction writers aren'’t the only ones concerned about a time when your office copier is smarter than you are.

A new book, Singularity Rising, suggests computers are on the path to becoming as smart as people. In this week’s Focus on Technology, Ann Thompson, in an interview with author James Miller, reports on how soon it could happen, which country will have the technology first, and what could derail it.