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LOOKING AT THE HISTORY AND THE FUTURE OF COMPUTING:
ALAN TURING, RAY KURZWEIL AND THE YEAR 2029
This year we commemorate what would have been the 100th
birthday of Alan Turing. He was truly the Galileo of a new
field now called computer science which is arguably the most
important scientific advance since the invention of the wheel.
A fascinating article (first URL below) recounts Turing's life,
explains how he correctly envisioned computers would work and
how he defined what we might call a "Turing Machine."
A Turing Machine is any computer so convincing that a human
cannot tell whether the unseen respondent is a computer or another
human. Today we have Turing Machines in very limited areas of
expertise, but a true Turing Machine is years away because it
would be able to converse and reason on any subject matter
whatsoever, and of course show and understand emotion.
Now the big question is when the "technological singularity"
will occur - essentially the arrival of the generalized Turing
Machine. Artificial intelligence has progressed to the point
where computers' reasoning power should be indistinguishable from
human brain power by 2029 according to inventor Ray Kurzweil in
a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal (second URL
below, subscription required).
The "technological singularity" will be monumentally
important in human history -- like landing on the Moon for the
first time but far, far more profound. It'll be interesting to
see if the 2029 date holds, and to ask the Turing Machine just how
it feels about the human race, and what it thinks will happen as
it clones itself and makes itself smarter than humans.http://tinyurl.com/AlanTuringAt100http://tinyurl.com/KurzweilOnTheSingularity
THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
Thursday, July 5, 2012
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