Wired Takes A 2011 Look at Artificial Intelligence

FutureTracker| Wired magazine updates readers on the current state and also the future of artificial intelligence.

For example, the warehouses at Diapers.com aren’t designed for humans, but for bots. Set up by Kiva Systems, which has outfitted similar facilities for Gap, Staples, and Office Depot, the Diapers.com system can deliver items to packers at the rate of one every six seconds.

No human could possibly run that fast in a warehouse, and little thinking is required. The AI Revolution Is On explains that Hal won’t be taking out humans any time soon, but an amazing payoff is coming in AI, accomplishing tasks that humans could never take on.