Q&A: What Machines Can Learn From People And We Can Learn From Them

Watson computer at work. IBM hide caption itoggle caption IBM Guruduth Banavar is an executive at IBM leading the team developing a new generation of cognitive systems — don’t call it artificial intelligence — known as Watson. Watson, of course, is the supercomputer most famous for its victory against two men on Jeopardy! in 2011. IBM is now lending Watson’s computing power to startups and businesses across all types of industries, including healthcare, energy, education and even food. It sort of tried to sing to Bob Dylan in a new commercial. Banavar is one of the researchers working to develop a new Turing test, a way to assess a machine’s intelligence. I spoke with him this week about possibilities, limitations and ethics of creating ultra-smart machines. The interview has been…


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