Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Things start thinking, and disappear…


Some centuries ago, people were thinking about machines that might think. About sixty years ago, they started building prototypes. Vannevar Bush nicely spelled out the basic scheme. Then a few years later, Richard Feynman and a few other cats got thinking about building machines based on the principles that we observe in nature creating, well, us and everything else.

We seem to be on the cusp of this possibility becoming real.