Artificial Intelligence - A Mixed Bag

Artificial Intelligence owes its current successes to the extraordinary improvement in computer hardware (in my lifetime, computing has become a trillion times cheaper!). At the same time, the Internet has made available vast amounts of data for these programs to handle.

The benefits of AI will be profound. But so will the social disruption. I will survey how we got here, where we are going, and the benefits and social tensions that are likely to occur.


Steve Johnson holds a PhD in Math from Columbia University. He spent 20 years working at Bell Labs as researcher and manager, part of the team that built Unix, contributing programs like Yacc, Lint and the Portable C Compiler. Steve came to California in 1986, and has worked at Ardent, Transmeta, and The MathWorks (in MA). Currently, he is the chief software architect at Wave Computing, an AI systems company.

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