Intelligent technology—the evolution and future of automation

The world’s oldest board game still has a few moves to play. Go, a game of strategy and instinct considered more difficult to master than chess, was created roughly in the same era as the written word. The game is uniquely human—at least, it used to be. Last year, a computer program called AlphaGo defeated an internationally ranked professional player. The computer’s win signaled a significant evolution of information technology (IT) and artificial intelligence (AI), according to Fei-Yue Wang, a professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. As a result, IT is no longer “information technology”—the new IT is intelligent technology. In a recent editorial published in the IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica, Wang argues that core principles of automation and Al must be reconsidered as the world navigates an…


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