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uh huh: AI and banner ads [Dec. 3rd, 2005|01:38 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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So this company claims they've invented the world's "First True Artificial Intelligence" and then goes on to say that advertising is in its product roadmap....
GTX Global Corporation (GTXC) (OTC: GTXC.PK - News), a leading provider of innovative IP multimedia technologies that enable profitable IP communications today announced that GTX Global Corporation has developed the first true artificial intelligence, so named Cognitive Robotics(TM), or more particularly, a human-like information management and delivery system.


"GTX Global Cognitive Robotics(TM) product schedule includes interactive banner advertising utilizing...

That's like saying, "We've invented a cheap, safe car that runs on water, and also flies, but our actual business model is creating 2" large plastic replicas for sale in McDonald's Happy Meals."


[User Picture]From: dakus
2005-12-03 10:09 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: haran
2005-12-04 12:33 am (UTC)
"We've figured out how to clone dinosaurs and our business model is 'Making a theme park for kids'"

Now that you mention it,
what is the business model for companies that do artificial intelligence?
Licensing the technology to other companies?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-12-04 12:50 am (UTC)
what is the business model for companies that do artificial intelligence?

With domain-specific AI, sure, licensing it.

With true AI, whatever you fucking want! Taking over the world. Becoming bazillionaries.
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[User Picture]From: nothings
2005-12-04 01:42 am (UTC)
I don't really get this. It gives you a bunch of mental-only slave labor. So, I dunno, very cheap phone support centers, maybe?

There's no reason to think a true AI is going to be particularly smart.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-12-04 01:47 am (UTC)
There's no reason to think a true AI is going to be particularly smart.

No reason, or no reason you've heard of?

Only partially related: do you consider the average human smart?
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[User Picture]From: nothings
2005-12-04 02:33 am (UTC)
That's exactly what I meant: particularly smarter than the average human.

It's hard to say what an AI would be because we don't have one. There's a lot of theorizing that, though, there's every reason to expect them to be fallible and make mistakes. You can wire them all up to calculators so they are idiot savants on that front, but if you want them to reason about the numbers it has to be wired deeper. SHRDLU, which is, AFAIK, still the best we've done in anything resembling natural language understanding, had code written for it for each number.

(The reason to think they can make mistakes is because human intelligences cope with contradictory and incomplete information all the time, and we assume AIs will be capable of doing so. This means 'no right answers', and all that goes with it.)
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[User Picture]From: scosol
2005-12-04 09:08 am (UTC)
but but- they enable profitable IP communication!!!!
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