This is a pretty bold suggestion, but it’s backed up by some solid science. There’s already an app on Facebook called Ultra Hal (inspired by the computer in 2001) that is a web-interface to an artificially intelligent chat interface. Made by Zabaware, it won the 17th annual Loebner Prize for AI–based on the Turing Test for how realistically convincing an AI is. Hal lets Facebookers chat to it, and it actively learns to improve its intelligence during the discussions. Zabaware sells a commercial version that’s smart enough to be “used as a companion or entertainment product” and “can discuss any topic” or “be used as a personal or office assistant.” Back in November, Spanish scientists crafted a program which can recognize emotions in a human voice–vital for well realized AI in the future, and influential futurist Ray Kurzweil has a big money bet that a computer will ace the Turing Test by 2029. … [Read more...] about Facebook to See a Surge of Artificial Intelligence in the Near Future?