Star Trek got speech recognition right. How did this science fiction fantasy of only a few decades ago come true? What's the history of speech recognition and where is it headed?
"We wanted to do the right thing, and it was an independent value, not to do with the commercial success of the business," said Mitch Kapor, founder of Lotus, when the company decided to sponsor the first AIDS walk in Boston in 1986.
In February 2020, Patricia Anderson wrote to the Museum, offering to donate a set of objects and documents she had kept safe for 50 years. They were from her work as a young woman in Silicon Valley, where she worked as a “crystal puller”—an operator of manufacturing equipment for making the key materials for semiconduc
The machines took over most tasks long ago, but we hardly notice any more. The long history of automation shows us that changes that happen slowly enough become the new normal.
He likely arrived in Paris from Darmstadt, Germany, by train that January, exactly seventy years ago. At 53, and a full professor of applied mathematics and the founding director of the Institut für Praktische Mathematik at the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, Alwin Walther was among Germany’s leading figures in comput
Fifty years ago, a front-page article in the tech-industry’s leading newspaper introduced a new nickname for a cluster of sleepy agricultural communities near San Jose, California.
One of the most influential demonstrations of the superiority of deep learning over old-fashioned symbolic AI arrived when Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo beat the world champion in the ancient Chinese game, Go.
As the name suggests, artificial neural networks are modeled on biological neural networks in the brain. The brain is made up of cells called neurons, which send signals to each other through connections known as synapses.
Today, AI based on deep learning and neural networks is taking the world by storm. However, many of the algorithms that guide our web searches and driving directions today are much older, rooted in what people now call “Good, Old Fashioned AI,” also known as “symbolic” AI.
As Dave Barry observed, reading is "a vacation for the mind," and we can certainly all use a break right about now. Here are some tech-related ideas for your summer reading pleasure!