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Computers With Creative Personalities

January 25, 2011
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Scientists are closer to making computers intuitive and funny

Getting a computer to be intuitive and funny, or having it grasp the nuances of emotions and ideas, qualities more typically associated with humans, remains one of the most provocative and elusive goals in the artificial intelligence field.  But scientists are getting closer.

“Computers lack this understanding of the relationship of ideas—the whys and wherefores—and we are trying to imbue the machines with that kind of understanding of the world,” said Kristian Hammond, whose career-long quest has been to capture these elements and instill them into computers. “At the end of the day, we are trying to model human behavior on the computer so it can better interact with us.”

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