Category Archives: Artificial Intelligence

2001: A Space Odyssey and our fascination with (killer) AI

50 years ago, on April 2, 1968, the film 2001: A Space Odysseyhad its world premiere at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C. Reflecting the mixed reactions to the film, Renata Adler wrote in The New York Times that it was “somewhere between hypnotic … Continue reading

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Debating the Impact of AI on Jobs

  One of this week’s milestones in the history of technology sets the tone to two centuries of debating the impact of machines and artificial intelligence on human work and welfare. On February 27, 1812, Lord Byron gave his first … Continue reading

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Reacting to New Technologies: AI, Fake News, and Regulation

A number of this week’s [February 19, 2018] milestones in the history of technology demonstrate society’s reactions to new technologies over the years: A discussion of AI replacing and augmenting human intelligence, a warning about the abundance of misinformation on … Continue reading

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Deep Blue and Deep Learning: It’s all About Brute Force

There are interesting parallels between one of this week’s milestones in the history of technology and the current excitement and anxiety about artificial intelligence (AI). On February 10, 1996, IBM’s Deep Blue became the first machine to win a chess game … Continue reading

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Smart Machines Rising

A number of this week’s milestones in the history of technology highlight the role of mechanical devices in automating work, augmenting human activities, and allowing many people to participate in previously highly-specialized endeavors—a process technology vendors like to call “democratization” … Continue reading

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Triumph of the Robots

Today in 2004, Dan Pulcrano of the Metro published “Triumph of the Robots: When Google tweaks its search rankings, whole economies tremble in fear”: The rapid ascent of invisible robots is a unforeseen twist in the sci-fi playbook. The theme of … Continue reading

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Alan Turing On Computable Numbers

Today in 1936, Alan Turing delivered to the London Mathematical Society his paper “On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem.”  In the paper, Turing described the Universal Machine, which later became known as the Turing Machine. This was an idealized … Continue reading

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