By Lester Haines
Published Thursday 4th December 2003 16:41 GMT
Human ingenuity is just holding its own against AI-designed machines in
Sodarace, a joint offering of Soda and Queen Mary College, University of London.
It seems that – to date – humanity has just about got the edge in this entertaining educational project. Dr Peter McOwan of Queen Mary affirms: “Human creativity will be tough to beat and this will be a fascinating global experiment. Machines designing machines has been the theme of many popular science fiction movies, but in Sodarace that has become a reality.”
Chillingly, it was touch-and-go for a while on the rubble-strewn human/AI battlefield. Computer-generated offerings from the UK and Austria started strongly, and were eventually subdued only by a Canadian contender developed by good old trial-and-error.
The news that we’ve still got it in the creative thinking department comes as a great relief to all Reg hacks who have for some time believed that the forthcoming Vulture Central implementation of the Bricolage CMS would also involve the activation of a Content Generation System programmed to turn out 50 IT-related stories a day, ten funnies and one non-IT-related human-interest piece. Mercifully, Sodarace proves that we are still some way off the nightmare of the relentless and tireless cyberjourno.