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For at least the past 30 years, this same thesis, Engineers are about to be replaced by computers, has surfaced again and again in the Engineering community as if it were a brand new topic. its just amazing that it does so every few years.

The short answer is: It won't happen, unless society somehow goes mad.

Besides Chris' reasons, computers don't have common sense, and can't think out of the box. No one has figured out how to make them liable for their mistakes, whether deliberate, happenstance or as a result of decisions based on incomplete information, which is an important incentive that has been effective in preventing and remedying such mistakes. They are much more miserable that humans (or even lab rats) using the trail and error method to learn something. They have to be carefully taught (programmed) and then carefully supervised (used). We are a long way, perhaps centuries, before computers as competent as Star Trek's Data show up. And when they do, they will have to be respected as fellow beings with the same rights and privileges, not as slaves.

----Original Message Follows----
From: Christopher Wright <chrisw(--nospam--at)skypoint.com>
Reply-To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Subject: Re: Machine vs. Human [response to Mr. Wright]
Date: Mon, 8 May 2006 15:58:28 -0500


On May 8, 2006, at 7:38 AM, Wontae Kim wrote:

Do you think that their decision makes sense?
Of course not. For the reasons I outlined. Even the best software is only a tool, intended to be managed by creative people who can handle ambiguity. Software can't make decisions or handle situations not programmed in.
Christopher Wright P.E. |"They couldn't hit an elephant at
chrisw(--nospam--at)skypoint.com   | this distance" (last words of Gen.
.......................................| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania 1864)
http://www.skypoint.com/~chrisw/


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