In what is being called the start of the cognitive era for computing, IBM’s new Watson computer program is able to mine data to think and solve problems. Significantly, it learns from its mistakes.
Watson is already being used by businesses to deliver a competitive advantage. Examples include ANZ, one of Australia’s largest banks, the energy company Woodside, and Melbourne’s Deakin University.
While artificial intelligence (AI) has benefits, there are also concerns. Leading AI researchers and academics including Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking have signed an open letter saying that:
Because of the great potential of AI, it is important to research how to reap its benefits while avoiding potential pitfalls.
Sources: ABC News Business, Future of Life Institute
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