The debate on artificial intelligence

Last Modified: Tue, Jul 05 2016. 01 49 AM ISTWhile tasks, whether or not they need continuous learning, can be automated, there is one thing that a soulless machine can never do—have living consciousness Over twenty years ago, I worked for company called The Carnegie Group, an offshoot of Carnegie Mellon University’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) Laboratories. That company is long gone. Today, a think-tank goes by the same name. While extant, the erstwhile Carnegie Group worked on some of the most cutting edge AI products of its time. It was funded by a consortium of firms such as Caterpillar and USWEST (now Qwest Corp.) and its sole aim was to look for the application of AI technologies in businesses. My boss, Arvind Sathi, now an IBM scientist, received his PhD…


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