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Tuesdays 16:00-16:30
Intelligent and entertaining conversation about business, money, technology and workplace issues.

Presented by Heather Payton, each programme picks up on trends and returns to stories that have moved out of the headlines.
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Tuesday 23 December 2003

AI: A brave new world?


Artificial Intelligence

Scientists and futurists have long been entranced by the possibilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI) which would give machines the human ability to learn and evolve. As a result, AI could profoundly change our lives.

So what might happen in a world of the software agents, service robots, autonomous vehicles and the semantic web?

Guests:

Austin Tate
professor of knowledge-based systems, University of Edinburgh, and technical director of Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute

Wendy Hall
president of British Computer Society, and professor of computer science at Southampton University. Professor Wendy Hall has taken part in the Department of Trade and Industry's Cognitive Systems Project

Simon Thompson
principal research scientist, from BT Exact.

James Matthews
founder of the web magazine Generation 5

Geoff Pegman
from the company RURobots

Our reporter James Silver also visited the Think Tank Museum in Birmingham to meet Professor Noel Sharkey, senior media research fellow at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, who created emo the "emotional" robot.

You can also discover more about the autonomous vehicle race mentioned in the programme at the DARPA website.

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