More than machines

As artificial intelligence, robotics and machine learning are high on the agenda everywhere, Nature Machine Intelligence launches to stimulate collaborations between different disciplines.

Understanding human thought has for centuries kept the brightest minds busy, with many of the key questions remaining unanswered. This hasn’t stopped us from imagining machines that imitate our thoughts and behavior.

Such visions of intelligent machines have influenced how we contemplate our humanity and have given us popular narratives such as those pondering the coexistence of androids and humans, or dystopian tales where a super-intelligent power has taken over the world. 

The development of intelligent machines seems to be gathering pace, as we regularly hear about artificial intelligence (AI) revolution.  For instance, self-driving cars autonomously sharing the road with other traffic were already demonstrated in a test in 1994 in Paris1. That machine learning would be of great industrial use was also well understood in the early 1990s. A telerobotic spacecraft landed on Mars and sent back pictures in 1997.

This is not to say that there hasn’t been a shift in impact. 

Nature Machine Intelligence will endeavor to bring different fields together, forging new collaborations in AI, robotics, cognitive science, and machine learning, to further develop visions of intelligent machines that can be of inspiration and use for humanity and lastly the study of the impact of machine intelligence in society, industry, and science.

The pursuit of intelligent machines will continue to inspire in many ways, providing us with insights into human intelligence as well as stimulating technological and scientific innovation that could lead to future societal transformations. Now is the time to be part of the conversation.