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The Ascension of AI

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The Ascension of AI

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Date: Monday - September 29, 2008
Host: George Noory
Guests: Richard Dooling, Sharry Edwards, Gerald Celente

Writer Richard Dooling discussed his research on the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the prospect of computers becoming as intelligent or more intelligent than humans.With Moore's Law pointing towards the doubling of computer chip capacity every 18 months, the computational abilities of the human brain could be reached by a computer as early as 2015, he suggested. The Turing test could be used to determine when we'll know if computers can actually think or mimic thought.

There's been nothing like the development of AI in the history of the human race, said Dooling, who added that eventually AI may start writing its own programs, and he is pessimistic that we'll be able to control them.

Right now, there's a billion computers on the planet, all hooked together via the Internet-- "that is a potential intelligence that could absorb us without us even realizing it," similar to the portrayal in The Matrix, Dooling commented. Along with advancements in nanotechnology, genetics and robotics, he foresees a future akin to The Minority Report where computers are embedded everywhere, and always aware of your presence.

Vocal Analysis

Appearing in the first half-hour, vocal profiler Sharry Edwards shared her analysis of the recent Obama-McCain debate. She found that McCain's gut didn't match what his words were saying and that his immune system was overly stressed.

Economy Update

First hour guest, Gerald Celente reacted to the latest news on the bailout and stock market drop. He was pleased the American people's voice was heard in the House rejecting the $700 billion bailout plan. We're going to see failures beyond the financial sector, with retail sales tanking, and a real shrinking of the economy, he warned.

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