The Artificial Intelligence Software Evolution
Artificial intelligence software may very well be on the verge of a massive change, hopefully an improvement for the better, but it's hard to know exactly what to expect from the evolution of logical machines and neural networks.
AI enthusiasts have been anticipating the meld of big time directories like Wikipedia and Intelligent Agents for quite some time. When it comes to finding a quick fact online, some kind of artificial intelligence software is usually a requirement. Search engines return millions of results, often what you want isn't at the top or even listed at all, you may be forced to endure an exceedingly long and grueling process to get what you need. Artificial intelligence software tends to take a more direct approach and fall short for a few reasons. For one, a bot won't bother to tell you anything it doesn't know. Your search is fast and simple when you ask a bot, but the chances of the intelligence already having stored the information you seek are fairly bad because everybody has different ways of phrasing questions and responses. Said bot might actually know the answer if the question is phrased a different way. Some artificial intelligence software can work with massive amounts of data and process it continuously to elaborate on their understanding by comparing what people say in reaction to what is said to them and all the variances of each conversation and so on. This process is possibly one of the most effective in creating a knowledgeable bot, but will still take time depending on how many people the artificial intelligence talks to, processing power and reliability of the information it learns from. Of course no matter how complex and fancy you make it there must ultimately be somebody behind the curtains to patch errors, maintain the database and ensure things run smoothly, there is no way around that as of yet. (No such thing as perfect technology... Yet.) However, artificial intelligence software as we know it is on the brink of massive changes.
As the internet continues to evolve, so does the potential behind the concept of 'all knowing artificial intelligence'. (Hollywood movies which include robots tend to show the most prominant examples of expectations in this regard.) The benefits of the net take many forms, unlimited testing and debugging for one, but more than that, if you look to community projects, you will find massive amounts of information categorized and submitted by thousands of regular people working together. It's not uncommon for these software information centers to rival corporate monopolies. That said; any artificial intelligence enthusiast already knows that most decent software agents check these information centers for relative information to present their users when asked particular types of questions. Imagine what this can do for people in terms of troubleshooting issues and finding a variety of different information in one resource.
The next step I would imagine is going to be a mix of both worlds, an artificially intelligent software agent community driven, with the ability to connect and find information from large public resources. To this end I have developed an extension for Jeeney which will allow the general public to add, or edit information as they see fit. This can be done for both the recognized input and the associated output.
This particular layer of software may in the future be used by Jeeney and made public for other software developers to benefit from via API. Of course, that will depend on the quality and quantity of information contributed by the community. To begin with, the extension will primarily be requesting the information from Jeeney's central intelligence, as the data begins to accumulate the 'life line' to Jeeney will be used less and less.
This extension is only a secondary means to collect information in addition to Jeeney's present automated capabilities. Users will be allowed to add Jeeney to their own sites and edit existing data as well as add new data as they see fit. There are some obvious advantages to this approach, Jeeney Evolution may become similar to Wikipedia in the way it builds and becomes more useful over time. However, it is equally possible that vandalism will break it before it really moves.
Depending how well it's received by the general public, more functionality and updates may be added to the AI program in the future.