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Inside an AI

Artificial intelligence gets its name from the fact that AIs perform tasks associated with human intelligence, such as recognizing faces or understanding language or playing chess. For these tasks, we can measure AI performance and compare it to human performance, using a single ‘yardstick’, such as accuracy or word error rate or games won. But … Continue reading “Inside an AI”

Reason, Emotion, and AI

Human intelligence has always been an inspiration for artificial intelligence. For example, early work in artificial neural networks was inspired by the interconnected axons and dendrites found in biological brains.  Human intelligence also inspires the tasks AI researchers use to benchmark their machines: tasks are defined that require human intelligence, then researchers attemp to build … Continue reading “Reason, Emotion, and AI”

AI and Emergency Management

Artificial Intelligence has found application in many areas, where its particular ability to find patterns in data makes it a useful tool. Let’s look at AI’s application to Emergency Management, a critical activity in today’s world of climate change, pandemics, and social unrest. Emergency Management seeks to minimize the impact, on people and property, of … Continue reading “AI and Emergency Management”

AI’s Superpower

Just putting ‘artificial’ and ‘intelligence’ together in the same term is enough to get people pretty excited. For some, ‘Artificial Intelligence’ can only be a misnomer. True intelligence is uniquely human, biologically evolved, embodied, necessarily shaped by environment and social relationships, non-algorithmic, and unknowable by mere human consciousness. Anything that becomes possible for human-built computers … Continue reading “AI’s Superpower”

How Will AI Impact Organizations?

We can think of AI as software that helps organizations more effectively reach their goals, e.g., by reducing costs and increasing revenues. Gaining benefits from AI, or any other innovative technology, requires organizational change. New strategies. New job descriptions. New workflows. New org charts. Training. What makes AI different? Are the challenges faced by organizations … Continue reading “How Will AI Impact Organizations?”

Will AI Take My Job?

AI is smart – it recognizes our faces, drives our cars, translates our languages, wins at Jeopardy, chess, and Go. AI is scary – as if movies like Terminator aren’t frightening enough, prominent figures such as Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates have expressed strong concern that AI might eventually lead to disaster. And … Continue reading “Will AI Take My Job?”

Is AI an Existential Threat?

“Worrying about AI evil superintelligence today is like worrying about overpopulation on the planet Mars. We haven’t even landed on the planet yet!” Andrew Ng, Is Ai an Existential Threat to Humanity? Where will AI take us? One school of thought envisions the progression of AI first to human-level Artificial General Intelligence, then on to … Continue reading “Is AI an Existential Threat?”

Five Ways Engineers Struggle to Become Managers

Engineers can make great managers. They have highly-developed problem solving skills, and they have mastered knowledge needed to lead technology-based organizations. But the road from engineering to management can be surprisingly rocky. Management requires ways of behaving and thinking that can seem contrary to hard-learned engineering values. This can lead to teams of engineers, frustrated … Continue reading “Five Ways Engineers Struggle to Become Managers”

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