Patrick Winston’s work creating a computer system that can think and reason like a human has been featured on the National Public Radio International program Studio 360. As Ford Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT and member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, CSAIL, Winston founded and leads the Genesis Group, a group of faculty, staff, and students working toward the goal of understanding intelligence.
In the radio show, Winston details his work with the Genesis system, in particular his research building a system that can understand stories like Shakespeare’s Macbeth in an effort to develop a computer that can think like a human.
As explained in an earlier feature on the CSAIL website, Winston gives an overall projection on the potentials for this kind of development:
“We have problems in the world that look like they’ll be with us indefinitely and if we can imagine that intelligent systems will be one means to keep us out of trouble, then it makes sense to start on it now because if we don’t start on it we’ll never get it,” said Winston. “Of course the real reason we do all of this is because we humans are curious types and we want to understand how everything works, especially ourselves.”
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Read more in an October, 2011 feature by the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, on Winston's work "Unlocking the Key to Human Intelligence." This article also includes a video of Prof. Winston explaining the Genesis system. [Photo credit: Jason Dorfman, MIT CSAIL]