The New York Times on the “wonders and fears” of artificial intelligence

The NY Times reports:

In 1963 the mathematician-turned-computer scientist John McCarthy started the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. The researchers believed that it would take only a decade to create a thinking machine.

Also that year the computer scientist Douglas Engelbart formed what would become the Augmentation Research Center to pursue a radically different goal — designing a computing system that would instead “bootstrap” the human intelligence of small groups of scientists and engineers.

For the past four decades that basic tension between artificial intelligence and intelligence augmentation — A.I. versus I.A. — has been at the heart of progress in computing science as the field has produced a series of ever more powerful technologies that are transforming the world.

Now, as the pace of technological change continues to accelerate, it has become increasingly possible to design computing systems that enhance the human experience, or now — in a growing number of cases — completely dispense with it.


One response to “The New York Times on the “wonders and fears” of artificial intelligence

  1. Wow.. very interesting stuff! I myself am busy with keeping up a blog about cognitive science (needed to create a blog for a course at my University), it’s still a bit empty but I’m posting weekly so check it out!