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Communication, Culture and Technology
Rhonda Mc Ewen

04 Avatar Design: Artificial Intelligence What is artificial intelligence?  A branch of computer science dealing with the simulation of intelligent behavior in computers  The capability of a machine to imitate intelligent human behavior  Watson on Jeopardy o http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lI-M7O_bRNg o Watson’s ‘dad’ – David Ferrucci  Principal investigator – DeepQA, IBM Research  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3G2H3DZ8rNc  Other video  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmz5fB4fk-0 Design Concepts  Natural language o A human written or spoken language as opposed to a computer language o Open domain question answering (Ferrucci)  AI detects meaning: human intelligence o Flow of traffic – vehicle motion and interaction between vehicles  What is missing from AI? o Context around cognitive experiences that lead to meaning o Depth of interpretation of unstructured, ambiguous, messy data o Soul o Narrative (sengers)  Goals/Purpose/Use o Training of staff without the danger of them damaging expensive equipment Boellstroff on intimacy and language  Boellstorff underlines the importance of the visual aspects of Second Life and how a sense of place, increased through landscape and home-ownership, is fundamental to residents  He also comes to understand how sociality is a key reason why the majority of residents remain in Second Life and that this is largely due to the possibil
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