The Co-Evolution of Humans and Machines

4 11 2012

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You may have heard of Ray Kurzweil talk about AI and the coming Singularity, but what is it? How are machines evolving, or better yet, are they evolving? We have so many questsions, so we have invited Dr. Paul Horn to come enlighten us.

Dr. Paul M. Horn is the Senior Vice Provost for Research and Distinguished Scientist in Residence at New York University. Prior to his NYU position he was Senior Vice President of the IBM Corporation and Executive Director of Research. In this job he directed IBM’s worldwide Research program with 3200 technical employees in eight sites in five countries around the world, and helped guide IBM’s overall technical strategy. In his 28 years with IBM, Dr. Horn was a champion for translating technology based research into marketplace opportunities.

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Under his leadership IBM Research produced an unmatched string of technological breakthroughs, including the chess-playing supercomputer Deep Blue, the world’s first copper chip, the giant magneto-resistive head (GMR), strained silicon (a discovery that allows chips to run up to 35 percent faster), and BlueGene the world’s fastest supercomputer that brought computing leadership back to the United States.

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