Thursday, November 9, 2017

Star Wars & Artificial Intelligence: How Close Is Real-Life Science to C-3PO?

Lucasfilm and Disney released a new episode Science and Star Wars on the science of Artificial Intelligence. In this week’s video, C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels joins researchers in the lab to explore how close real-world science has come to A.I. in the fields of medicine, education and technology.

Droids that run a fictional version of A.I. are some of the most memorable characters in Star Wars. From K-2SO to AP-5, A.I. is no longer science fiction fantasy, but something that collaborates with and augments human intelligence.

The episode tackles:
  • How a computer program can take all the dialogue from all 10 Star Wars films to decipher characteristics about C-3PO. The conclusion? C-3PO is “a friendly fellow, very tentative, but overall exquisitely agreeable.”
  • How A.I. helps doctors more accurately diagnose patients and teachers tailor lessons to ensure kids get the most out of their education.
  • How the visually impaired are aided with an app that targets location and beacons in the environment, helping them to move around in the real world.

Over the course of the series, Science and Star Wars explores science fantasy, science fact, and the gray area in between, every Tuesday on the official Star Wars Facebook page

About Science and Star Wars
Science and Star Wars is a new digital series from Disney and Lucasfilm that explores the science of the Star Wars universe, just how close real-world scientists are coming to emulate the technology, and the role of the franchise in inspiring some of science’s greatest innovations.

Over the course of 10 episodes, host Anthony Carboni and his rotating roster of scientific experts and celeb guests will experiment with technology that isn’t actually so far, far away anymore (think: Jedi mind control and lightsabers). Each episode will explore one scientific theme, including Droids and Carbonite. Episodes can be found exclusively on the Star Wars official Facebook page.

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