Hello everyone! A.I is now a fast-moving field and there are so many advancements being made big and small. Almost every year we hear of something cool. Whether it is in game-playing systems like AlphaZero, Watson etc. or new research advancements such as Deep Learning, GANs, NLP etc., or cool new applications like automated driving, text generation / chat bots, life-like robotics, medical diagnosis etc., the topic is vast and ripe for discussion. This is also a very interdisciplinary field. A.I influences and is influenced by numerous fields such as neuroscience, linguistics, sociology, philosophy of mind, data science, general business etc. Not to mention that any field that requires data-crunching is today bound to use machine learning in some form or other - whether that is astronomy or genetic engineering or really any data-rich field. So creating this general thread to share and discuss anything and everything broad and deep about A.I. and have a place to post all of the happenings around this field. And yes that includes books, movies, entertainment in all its forms as well! To start off, here's an interesting article someone had linked to on another website: [SIZE=6]Can a machine have empathy? While the article was created to discuss the implications for marketing, the points raised are thought-provoking in a more general sense. Is empathy something deeper than reading the surface reactions of people? If not, then can A.I ultimately be able to mimic that and therefore be said to have empathy? What does it mean to say that we understand something, whereas a silicon-based machine cannot? Max Tegmark's view is that we humans are a configuration of physical particles (or waves), configured in a way that allows such things as awareness, understanding and empathy. Why should it not be possible that a similar configuration cannot be constructed artificially? I think that the ideas that we think of know that we have of consciousness, understanding, soul etc. goes beyond the sum of our quarks, but that it is not clear that it is impossible for us to artificially create it either using silicon or other biologically inspired material.[/SIZE] What are your thoughts and comments? Have you found cool new A.I science, applications or advancements today?