[Video] AI Box Experiment on BBC's "Look Around You"

by ata1 min read10th Mar 20116 comments


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I recently discovered that "Look Around You", a BBC TWO educational science-themed series from the 1980s1, had on its "Computers" episode a live-action AI Box Experiment, in which Bournemouth, what was at the time Britain's most advanced computer, was assigned to physically escape from a steel cage. For your convenience, I've excerpted the relevant clips from the episode. Watch and see how it turns out!

Link: http://www.youtube.com/v/WCEm96kA5hY

1 Note: The above description is a lie.

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Pause at 6:59 for a prediction (I'm afraid I don't know how to prove I really did pause at 6:59, unless the prediction is wrong):

Ur pbirerq uvzfrys va cncre znpur naq cebwrpgrq na vzntr bhgfvqr qhevat gur "svyzvat gur ynfg ovg".

Edit: Oh, I was wrong. Drat.

I guessed the same thing.

When somebody makes a documentary about Friendly AI, they will have to show a clip from this when they explain AI-boxing.

link; start at 8:55 (though the whole thing is well worth watching - you can learn a lot about computer science in the '80s.)

This is utterly hilarious.