Artificial Intelligence – Julie Greensmith – 13/02/12

12th February 2012

Since the ancient Greeks, we have always dreamt of making machines, which can think and behave like human beings. Whilst this used to be the realm of mythology and fiction, in the past 50 years we have finally started to turn this dream into a reality.

Artificial Intelligence

This week on The Science Show, we speak to Dr. Julie Greensmith from the Computer Science department at the University of Nottingham about her research in artificial intelligence.

Her research is in two exciting areas – artificial immune systems (which includes application areas such as computer security and biosensing), and the way in which people experience thrill on roller coasters and extreme rides.

Carl and George will also be in the studio, discussing artificial intelligence in films, and how close these interpretations are to real life.

Finally, we’ll be discussing the Bucking Bronco over in computer science… which you can control with your mind and your breathing apparently!

We want a go!

A dendritic cell
Julie came up with The Dendritic Cell Algorithm is inspired by the function of the dendritic cells of the human immune system. In nature, dendritic cells are the intrusion detection agents of the human body, policing the tissue and organs for potential invaders in the form of pathogens. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can have a read here:

The University of Nottingham has its own bucking bronco! It’s based upon a computer responding to things such as your breathing and tailor the ride to make it more exciting for you.

Check out a video from the Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet:

VWWe’ve been talking about good AI and bad AI, an example of bad AI would of course be SKYNET from the Terminator series (for those of you too young to have watched these films … *sigh* I’m old … Check them out!), but a good example is the self driving car..

Google have in fact patented a self driving car, these sort of cars actually learn about their surroundings and could help reduce the number of accidents on the roads.