Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Examines attempts to create a thinking machine. Chess-playing computers, Turing conversational machine, parable of Chinese room.

Even today there are some very compelling advancements being made in the fields of robotics. Take for instance the robot dubbed ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility) who is the culmination of more than two decades of research and development by the American Honda Motor Company. Honda described ASIMO as a humanoid robot and touts some of his functions as follows: ASIMO’s abilities to walk smoothly, climb stairs and recognize people’s voices and faces will enable ASIMO to easily function in our world and truly assist humans. (Inside ASIMO). With many of its functions created with human physiology in mind ASIMO is able to grasp and manipulate objects with varying degrees of force. Still, for all of these amazing features it must be noted that ASIMO is not a true example of artificial intelligence in action. He is, however, a very good beginning with many of the features and capabilities we would expect from a robot companion.