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David Alan Grier

Debating Artificial Intelligence

By David Alan Grier, IEEE Computer Society Past-President

We are in the midst of a public debate about artificial intelligence. This discussion began sometime last fall, following a popular movie about Alan Turing and some announcements about robotic automobiles. Like many public debates, the discussion has been shaped by fear. Many of the comments reflect a concern that machines will soon replace human beings and make people obsolete. Last December, physicist Stephen Hawking told a BBC program that the "development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” PayPal founder Elon Musk was even more provocative when he claimed that our current approach to artificial intelligence was “summoning the demon.” Lost in this debate is the fact that artificial intelligence is a field with many different points of view and that many researchers aim to enhance human productivity rather than replace human beings. Read more

 

 

 

Computing Now

Radical Next-Gen Computing

Computing NowIn the past half century, driven by rapid, phenomenal advances in microelectronics closely following Moore’s law, computers of different kinds, forms, and shapes have evolved, redefined, and transformed almost everything we deal with. However, they still function on the same fundamental computational principles that Charles Babbage and Alan Turing envisaged and that John von Neumann and others subsequently refined. What’s in store for the next 50 years? Do the fundamental principles and assumptions that define modern computing—and that have guided us so far—require revolutionary rethinking? How might—and should—computing advance to address unmet demands and current and emerging challenges?

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