iBonsai creates nice little trees using some kind of generative algorithm right on your iPhone. It is a cool little app that is definitely fun to play around with.
Tylers company Brain Power Labs has the ambitious goal of creating advanced and human-like AI and claims that the necessary tools are available today. Personally I am slightly less optimistic, but since I am no expert I decided to consult Elbot, the winner of the Loebner Prize Turing Test 2008:
Me: “Will we ever see convincing examples of artificial intelligence?”
Elbot: “Here’s another question: What exactly do you do for a living?”
Me: “Well, can’t we discuss my question first? ”
Elbot: “Are you as happy about your involvement with questioning reality as I am?”
Me: “Come on, AI hasn’t improved since ELIZA…”
Elbot: “People often asking me about Weizenbaum’s Eliza. I find her to be rather strange. She seems only to talk to people who have problems. ”
Still room for improvement, I guess. Well, hopefully we will see a few more generative apps from Brain Power Labs, before the Singularity takes over.
Update: Just discovered this picture of a japanese tree made in Structure Synth: Sakura Synthesis by fpsurgeon.