To better flesh out artificial intelligence, computer scientists have put together an algorithm that makes machine curious to explore and learn for the sake of learning. In the long run, such programs could even take bots out of the factories and put them side-by-side with researchers.
The concepts of intelligence and curiosity feel so deeply entwined to us that it’s almost impossible to imagine one without the other. And yet even the most powerful machine brains we’ve built up to now have had to make do without any kind of curiosity — computing and returning an answer when instructed to, going to the screensaver in the absence of input.
It’s not like we’re only figuring this out now. Scientists have been working on various ways to imbue our silicone friends with curiosity for some time.