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DANIEL NORMAN/EASTWING for TIME

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
A Room with a Mind of Its Own

Machines with sinister minds of their own have been standard fare in popular sci-fi chillers like 2001: A Space Odyssey and Stephen King's bestseller Christine. But the fiction behind these devices is rapidly becoming fact, and Ada — a room-sized artificial intelligence system on show at the 2002 Swiss National Exhibition in NeuchÔtel until Oct. 20 — is living proof. Developed at the Institute for Neuroinformatics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Ada is a mirror-clad room outfitted with its own electronic eyes and...

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