translated (was "KRAUT: Die Schaffung eines künstlichen...")

From: Ben Houston (
Date: Wed Apr 10 2002 - 15:47:46 MDT

Badly translated but sort of decipherable -- for those like me who don't
know German. ;-)



Press Release of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
GmbH, DFKI Kaiserslautern and Saarbruecken

Future Talk with Professor Wahlster
CeBIT 2002

On that future talk forum in the context of the CeBIT 2002 discussed
professor Wahlster, Leiter of the German research center for artificial
intelligence, with professor Weizenbaum and Eckhard Freise, professor
for Mediaevistik and first million-winner of the Guenther Jauch Show
"who becomes millionaire?" The computer magazine CHIP had brought the
three AI connoisseurs together in an experts' meeting over artificial
intelligence, which moderated editor-in-chief Thomas Pyczak. Professor
Weizenbaum, admits become by that already of 1967 developed chatterbot
Eliza, belonged today to the strict observers of the AI research.
Eliza, a program, which gave psychotherapeutic responses of apparently
human origin to inquiries, was actually regarded tools of the
psychotherapy suitable of experts as. This let professor Weizenbaum
think for the first time about the social effects of the AI. According
to him computers will never be able to understand all levels and
possible sense contents of a linguistic predicate. For Professor
Wahlster the objective of machine translation is situated elsewhere.
The goal of translation is not complete language understanding, but the
support of humans in everyday life situations, for example with the
understanding of fremdsprachiger (?) records, which serve a precisely
outlined goal like the declaration/agreement of a date or the
reservation of a journey. The creation of an all-powerful computer
environment, so professor Freise, fails not only because of the limited
possibilities of copying the human world knowledge but also because of
the internal resistance of humans: "For my fridge to be more intelligent
than me, scares me witless". In his closing statement professor
Wahlster expresses his view of the today's AI research as: "we do not
want to create Homunculus. The basic intelligence of humans, which has
to actually do nothing with academic intelligence, does not bring along
the computer." The creation of an artificial consciousness is neither
meaningful nor worthwhile. Instead AI systems will result in increased
user friendliness so unassuming and consistent like a television is.


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