Sunday, July 26, 2009

Too Much Magic?

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic," so said the famous creator of HAL. Hmmm, HAL. An impending reality?

The New York Times on Friday reported on a group of scientists concerned that artificial intelligence may soon become a threat. The scientists met in February, but are just now beginning to speak openly of the results of their conference. The article spoke of the many dangers of an expanding world of AI including computers taking over warfare and the"social disruptions" brought on by computers that are too human. Computer viruses would pose an even greater risk in such a situation, allowing these powerful machines to spin out of control with the power we will have given them.

Should there be limits placed on AI research? What do you think? At nsquared we say be respectful, be wise, and bring it on! Bring on the research and the development. Bring on Arthur's sufficiently advanced technology. Bring on iPhones that talk and Surface tables that walk. If you need a company to help you implement YOUR magic, contact us!

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