Do more for real intelligence | 为真人智慧加油

The word AI (artificial intelligence) is everywhere these days. Some of the best young minds are pouring into the field, and industry need is so dire that graduate schools can hardly keep PhD students until graduation.

In the craze of the artificial, real intelligence seems to have been forgotten. Here, the word “real intelligence” means intelligence from real human being.
American k-12 education continues to go downhill regardless of funding, more and more homeless people in New York City are begging in the streets (many are young and able), and millions of prime age citizens are not looking for work where many jobs are left unfilled.

Meet Sophia – a “snobbish” robot | 嫌贫爱富的机器人

The video below shows a “confident looking” Sophia who tells the audience that she is always happy around smart people especially if they are rich and powerful. “She” is awarded citizenship by the Saudi King. To think logically I know it is just a gesture for valuing advanced AI technology, and that whatever she says has been programmed to a great extend by the humans behind the scene.

Debates between 2 robots

I don’t know what to make of it watching robot Sophia and her “older brother” Han debate.  It is peculiar, fascinating, dumb and scary, all at the same time.  The host from Hanson Robotics is very interesting and intelligent.

What’s scary: what robots learn from you (your voice, words, facial expressions, emotions) and I will be transmitted to AI cloud and shared instantly by all robots (doesn’t this sound like Singularity?!), and we people cannot. In other words, tend of thousands (or any large number) of robots can share one brain which means they are going to be more powerful given a specific task.

What’s dumb: the robots seem to be copying each other at the end of their debate.

What is IBM’s Watson technology & Bluemix

Watson is a question answering computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language, developed in IBM’s DeepQA project by a research team led by principal investigator David Ferrucci. Watson was named after IBM’s first CEO, industrialist Thomas J. Watson.

What is IBM Bluemix?
IBM Bluemix is a cloud platform as a service (PaaS) developed by IBM. It supports several programming languages and services as well as integrated DevOps to build, run, deploy and manage applications on the cloud. Bluemix is based on Cloud Foundry open technology and runs on SoftLayer infrastructure.


Singularity is the idea of there are super “brain(s)” (made from computer chips) that are more powerful than a group of human brains. I believe it is coming, sooner or later.
We, humans, are so smart that we are always inventing better tools. But given that we only know less than 10% of how the human brain functions, the singularity super intelligence cannot be smarter than human in every way. They can do much more than we can in many things, just like planes can move much faster than our legs. But they will be created and controlled by human, no matter than how super smart or intelligent they are.

What does AI mean for education

Very interesting read.  My takeaways are:

  1. Unlike app startup which can cost almost nothing, AI startup is very expensive: from equipment, data to AI scientists.
  2. AI can take away many jobs (including doctors) sooner than we expected.  I personally think what is slowing it down is regulations (such as privacy).

So, what should we change in education so that kids are not going into fields that are going to be replaced by AI? How can I better prepare my children for the future that is deeply and broadly mined by big data and AI?