Timely reality check from Nicholas Carr
In an interview with Technology Review, the director of Intel Research, Andrew Chien, looks ahead to what happens when, in the not so distant future, we have "machines with tens or hundreds of [processor] cores perform[ing] trillions of operations every second." What particularly excites him about what he calls terascale computing is "the ability for devices to understand the world around them and [infer] what their human owners care about." He foresees pocket-sized "intelligent systems" that, using various sensors and tapping into powerful machine-learning algorithms, will continuously monitor our physical movements, analyze our speech, sense our moods, and anticipate our needs
See the full post and the Technology Review article for more details.
A theme that I'll regularly revisit in my blog, going forward: it many ways, as an industry, information technology is just getting started...
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