MSU researcher looks to biological evolution for clues to improve artificial intelligence

Jan 3, 2017

What could artificial intelligence (AI) mean for us in the future? And when might intelligent machines and technology be at a point where they become an integral part of our lives?

Those are the questions that Michigan State University researcher Arend Hintze explores.

He's an assistant professor of Integrative Biology and Computer Science and Engineering, and he runs the Hintze Lab, where they research the evolution of natural and artificial intelligence.

In his recent article in The Conversation, he writes:

We need to do more than teach machines to learn. We need to overcome the boundaries that define the four different types of artificial intelligence, the barriers that separate machines from us – and us from them.

He writes the four distinct types of artificial intelligence fall into these four categories:

  1. Reactive machines
  2. Limited memory
  3. Theory of mind
  4. Self-awareness

Listen to the interview above to learn about the four different types of AI and its status in today's world.

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