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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




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Building the Internet of Things

Computing NowThe definition of the Internet of Things (IoT) is somehow elusive because it refers to so many disciplines, technologies, and application domains. Essentially, the IoT envisions systems of networked sensors and smart objects that work together to make an environment intelligent, usable, and programmable.

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