A recent list showing the United States losing out to China on the ranking of the world’s fastest supercomputers has one former national security scientist concerned. “It is almost like a canary in the mine type of situation,” said Tomas Diaz de la Rubia, chief scientist and executive director of Discovery Park at Purdue University. “China has been very aggressive on this end of high performance computing.” And that is “worrying,” he added.
Waymo’s self driving minivans - the Chrysler Pacifica - hit public roads for the first time in Mountain View, CA and Phoenix, AZ by the end of the month. The project is a collaboration between Google and Fiat Chrysler. Google opens up about their new Waymo self-driving car company and the history of their self-driving program, giving us a tour, a ride, and never before soon footage and images of the early days of self-driving cars.
Johnson said that autonomy in land, sea and air transportation is coming, as is industrial artificial intelligence, which will not only process information but will be social, “knowing” the people it encounters. “Imagine if we create a sentient building to make you feel as secure and welcoming as possible,” said Johnson, who also is a professor of practice with the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at ASU. “Are we educating the workforce to interact with sentient tools 10 to 15 years from now? We’re not, but we need to.”
Sage's report, "Optimism and Ethics - An AI reality Check" examines major public concerns about AI and unpacks what consumers and the tech community believe to be the greatest areas of potential impact. Of the thousands surveyed, the majority of respondents were optimistic about the potential for AI to manage both personal and professional tasks.
The emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) could be the "worst event in the history of our civilization" unless society finds a way to control its development, high-profile physicist Stephen Hawking said Monday. He made the comments during a talk at the Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon, Portugal, in which he said, "computers can, in theory, emulate human intelligence, and exceed it."
Masayoshi Son, the CEO of Japanese tech conglomerate Softbank, has been preparing his company for this scenario for quite some time. Now the tech exec thinks robots will not just outsmart humans, but will have an IQ of 10,000 in the next 30 years.
Some people are afraid that heavily armed artificially intelligent robots might take over the world, enslaving humanity - or perhaps exterminating us. These people, including tech-industry billionaire Elon Musk and eminent physicist Stephen Hawking, say artificial intelligence technology needs to be regulated to manage the risks. But Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg disagree, saying the technology is not nearly advanced enough for those worries to be realistic.
There was a time when the calculator was cutting edge and the only way to place a call was to walk over to the wall phone. For generations of Americans, the good life used to be working one job with one employer for much of your adulthood until retirement. Today, students are taught they could count on switching careers multiple times as society tries to keep pace with the flood of new gadgets and gizmos.
Don’t feel too secure in your job. It might not be there in a few years. Frame that diploma? Maybe, but the college you went to might also disappear over the next several years. The technological revolution is changing the way we learn, the way we work, the way we play, and the way we think and it is doing it at a rapid pace. The wave of the future -- perhaps the wave of the present -- is Artificial Intelligence. At least that’s what numerous experts are saying, and even many of them can’t fathom what’s next.
To me, an engineer who studies the future of manufacturing, this focus on what the U.S. made yesterday will only go so far in saving American manufacturing. The U.S. needs to figure out what the country should make tomorrow - and invest heavily in it. Whether we do depends on our willingness to embrace the fourth industrial revolution, a new era that is beginning and is destined to be just as pivotal as the previous three.