So it makes sense that the next challenge from the XPRIZE
foundation, an organization built around promoting breakthrough
technology, is for an AI to give
a TED Talk, because why not?
you’re not familiar with TED Talks, they’re a series of
mini-conferences given by experts in a variety of fascinating fields,
generally based around working with great ideas. The talks are not just
informative, but also engaging and often inspiring.
competition, the AI must meet one condition: after completing its
speech, it must receive a standing ovation. So not only does the AI have
to speak, but it has to speak well, and do it in a way that is both
inspiring and entertaining to humans, which is a huge feat for a set of
computer algorithms. Also, no human assistance is allowed at any time:
the AI has to do all the work. Other rules are currently flexible, being
decided upon by us, the humans. In fact, XPRIZE is looking for our
feedback on things such as what kind of AI should be allowed to give a
talk (should it be some sort of physical robot or a disembodied voice?),
what the topic should be, how long the speech will run, and even how
large the grand prize is.