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The Singularity is coming

September 10, 2007 Leave a comment

While some people think that computers are pretty smart, in actual fact we are not quite there with regards to true Artificial Intelligence ( AI ). Those of you who have seen robot’s like Honda’s ASIMO will be disappointed to learn that it’s actually controlled from behind the stage. What’s impressive about ASIMO is the walking mechanism, although it does have facial recognition and can respond to voice commands.

However , some people are now predicting that the Singularity is approaching. The singularity is a predicted explosion in artificial intelligence , resulting in machines that are smarter than human beings. Think HAL 9000. OK maybe that’s not the best example, becuase it usually scares people, but it also raises concern about whether this increased computer / machine intelligence is a good thing. Skynet anyone ?

Now some people are saying that it will happen in less than 50 years, maybe as early as 2029. Check out the following link. Of course there will be repercussions. For one , Reporting Services will write the reports itself, you simply tell it what you want 🙂 I can see it now ….."No Dave , you can’t have a grouping at that level." ….Anyway, this is actually an exciting topic and I intend to follow it closely.

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