Morgan Spurlock’s documentary series “Inside Man” returned to CNN on Thursday with an episode featuring the latest developments in robotics and artificial intelligence technology. In one segment, New York-based Spurlock traveled out to Microsoft Research in Redmond, Wash., to learn about AI systems that can understand and respond accurately to speech and physical context. Upon his arrival in the building, a smart elevator opened to take Spurlock to the right floor, and various virtual assistants pointed him to Eric Horvitz’s office for a demonstration of responsive technologies that use machine learning and natural interfaces to help people interact more easily — both with technology and with other humans — as well as be more productive
The episode also showcased the New York offices of Chicago-based Narrative Science, which helped Spurlock use its AI platform, Quill, to create a bio for his website. Spurlock was rightly impressed by the sophistication and accuracy of the computer-generated text. The episode included demonstrations of robotic technology and self-driving cars, offering an engaging and thought-provoking view of the future — and present — of artificial intelligence.