Machines take another big step to superintelligence

Summary: The next step in computer evolution is machine learning. Practical applications, such as self-driving cars, are moving from science fiction to daily news. But the leading edge is further ahead, with achievements that look like small miracles.   Films showed us the rapid evolution of intelligent machines. Now real life imitates fiction, as the rate … Continue reading Machines take another big step to superintelligence

Films show us how smart machines will reshape the world

Artificial Intelligence

Summary: Artificial intelligence has arrived, beginning to reshape the world. Here is what we can learn about it from films. Tomorrow we'll see lessons about AI from the horse apocalypse. Spoilers! “We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.” — Attributed to Roy … Continue reading Films show us how smart machines will reshape the world

China takes the lead in supercomputing while America sleeps

Summary: The Apollo program demonstrated America's superpower status in the 1960's. Today's contests are more diffuse, such as the race to build the most and largest supercomputers. China has moved into the lead in this, another milestone in its quest to again become the Middle Kingdom. Helping in their quest is America's unwillingness to invest … Continue reading China takes the lead in supercomputing while America sleeps