EppsNet Archive: Artificial Intelligence

Is A.I. a Threat to Humankind?

5 Jan 2018 /

Not with a bang but a whimper, as T.S. Eliot used to say. In some countries, the people are kept in a state of submission by violence and/or threats of violence, but here in America, the same effect is achieved via mindless entertainments and gadgetry.


Intelligence in the Cloud

12 Mar 2012 /

IBM Watson, the Jeopardy champion, runs on 90 IBM Power 750 servers, with eight 3.5 GHz cores per server.

Currently on Amazon EC2, eight extra large compute instances will cost you $2.40/hour. If you want to run 90 of them, you’re looking at a shade over $200/hour.

This brings up a couple of questions:

  1. For what tasks could artificial intelligence be as good or better as a highly trained person at $200/hour?
  2. What would this mean for society?

Thanks to David Patterson at UC Berkeley for bringing this to my attention.