Who’s afraid of the big A.I.? I was involved in a discussion about artificial intelligence and automation at a Christmas party. The talk inevitably led to the discussion of jobs being taken over by robots. And as we discussed the various occupations which we felt might be safe versus those we thought were endangered, or soon would be, a chill ran up my arm as I realized I already work for a robot. The conversation continued as a dull murmur in the background while I pondered the meaning of this revelation. Over the past year I have noticed a flurry of articles pertaining to artificial intelligence, automation, robotics and their…
...along came this weird device. It had no keyboard, no wires, just a screen. This was followed in the Spring of 2010 by a letter from Steve Jobs slamming Flash in an open letter to the world. This was followed by the headlines, "Flash is Dead!". I remember firing up my computer that morning, seeing the headlines and just staring at the screen, frozen. I was in shock.