Having misplaced my anti-narcissism drugs earlier this week, I can’t see any reason not to usurp the year-end retrospective trope and look back at some of what I’ve most enjoyed writing in 2011. I don’t
Not-So-Elementary Watson: What IBM’s Jeopardy! Computer Means for Turing Tests and the Future of Artificial Intelligence
Previously, I discussed how Watson, IBM’s Jeopardy!-playing computer prodigy, manages to match or surpass the performance of humans on the game. The computer—which is really a cluster of servers reading hundreds of millions of pages’
Over the next three evenings (Feb. 14th-16th), much of TV-watching America and any number of others will be watching the latest man-vs.-machine challenge as an IBM computer codenamed Watson takes on two human champions in
Just before Christmas, inventor Ray Kurzweil replied to my recent feature article for IEEE Spectrum, which looked skeptically at his track record as a futurist. Please do read Kurzweil’s rebuttal. Kurzweil comes closest to showing
If the idea of a coming technological Singularity were a church, inventor and innovation maven Ray Kurzweil would be its most ardent and persuasive evangelist, and woe betide the unprepared heretic who crossed his path.