Google CEO Sundar Pichai proclaims that AI is “more profound” than the harnessing of fire and electricity, according to The Verge article here. It is, he says in an upcoming interview, “one of the most important things that humanity is working on,” since it might solve climate change, and cure cancer.
Wood decays, so sticks haven’t reached through the archaeological record quite as successfully as stones have to tell us how they were fashioned, and how used, by our early ancestors. There must have been sharp sticks for poking stuff, clubby sticks for bashing things, hooked sticks for back scratching — or indeed pulling a fruit-laden branch within the easy orbit of a languorous arm.
“Car companies are finally realising that what they sell is just a big computer you sit in.”
So says Kevin Tighe, a senior systems engineer at security testing firm Bugcrowd according to this Guardian article, reporting from the “car-hacking village” at this year’s Defcon, the hacker conference.