Artificial Intelligence (AI) was all the rage in the 1980s. Specifically, companies invested heavily to build expert systems — AI applications that captured the knowledge of acknowledged human experts and made it available to solve narrowly defined types of problems. Thus, expert systems were created to configure complex computer systems and to detect likely credit card fraud. This earlier round of AI was triggered by a series of successful academic expert applications created at Stanford University. One was called Dendral. Dendral
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Nella Ludlow, Ph.D., columnist, is an entrepreneur, research scientist, professor, CEO, and inventor. Dr. Ludlow has a broad range of experience from academia, to technical leadership of research companies, to being CEO of three companies, one of which she took public on the NYSE. Following an honorable retirement from the US Air Force after 16 years as a pilot and researcher, and being decorated for her involvement in the Gulf War and Operation Restore Hope Somalia, Dr.
We would not be comfortable giving emotionally impaired people real-time decision-making authority over our family members’ health, our life savings, our cars or our missile defense systems. Yet we are hurtling in that direction with today’s emotionally impaired AIs.
If we zoom out of the mundane and take a bird’s eye view on life, it is simple. We are born, we grow, we reproduce, we take care of our young while gradually declining, and then we die of a long and terrible or short and not so terrible disease. The millions of years of evolution polished us to accept this paradigm, and the inability to change had made us content with the situation.
Dr. Yelena Yesha is a Distinguished University Professor in the Computer Sciences and Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Her curriculum vitae stretches over a mile, detailing her accomplishments in technology in the last 25 years.
I am a major sci-fi fan. Well, at least I thought I was until I went to my first Star Trek convention in my 20s and realized that I was in the minority of people who did not speak Klingon or know episode numbers, titles or dates.
Kathleen Walch is Co-Founder and Senior Analyst at Cognilytica