State-of-the-art artificial intelligence (AI) recently took the spotlight when IBM's Watson supercomputer routed human competitors on the game show Jeopardy.
But when it comes to AI, Watson is just the tip of the virtual frontal lobe. Labs across the United States and around the world are exploring much more than just ways to outwit Ken Jennings. Scientists are teaching robots to explore extraterrestrial planets and serve you coffee, cars are learning to drive themselves, computers are trying to assist doctors with medical diagnoses, and video game soldiers are training to do battle in a virtual theatre of war.
Check out this look at some of the latest uses and breakthroughs in artificial intelligence--including a few AI toys that you can try out for free at home.