There are two general approaches to AGI/AI that I’d like to draw attention to, not “neat” and “scruffy”, the standard division, but “brain inspired” and “not brain inspired”.
Accomplishments of not brain inspired AI:
Wolfram Alpha (in my opinion the most interesting AI today) spam filters DARPA Grand Challenge victory (Stanley) UAVs that fly themselves clever game AI AI that scans credit card records for fraud the voice recognition AI that we all talk to on the phone intelligence gathering AI Watson and derivatives Deep Blue optical character recognition (OCR) linguistic analysis AI Google Translate Google Search text mining AI OpenCog AI-based computer aided design the software that serves up user-specific Internet ads pretty much everything
Accomplishments of brain-inspired AI:
Cortexia, a bio-inspired visual search engine Numenta (no product yet) Neural networks, which have proven highly limited ???? (tell me below and I’ll add them)
One place where brain-inspired AI always shows up is in science fiction. In the real world, AI has very little to do with copying neurobiology, and everything to do with abstract mathematics …