The Lighthill Parliamentary Debate on General Purpose Artificial Intelligence

In 1973, Lucasian professor at Cambridge, James Lighthill, was asked by the British Parliament to evaluate the state of AI research in the United Kingdom. His report, now called the Lighthill report, criticized the failure of AI to achieve its grandiose objectives. He specifically mentioned the problem of “combinatorial explosion” or “intractability” of the discourse […]

Is Faster Smarter? IBM’s Watson Search Engine Approach to Beat Humans

IBM’s computer named “Watson” has beaten Jeopardy! (human) contestants in a series of games this month. IBM has a long history of innovations (watch this other 100th anniversary documentary featuring Greg Chaitin and Benoit Mandelbrot, among others here). Not everybody was impressed by Watson though, according to Gavin C. Schmitt who interviewed Noam Chomsky, the […]