The success and failure of a logic-based computing approach

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You might have heard about Google’s Knowledge Graph, which provides literal answers to users’ queries on search engines.

Well, these knowledge graphs have a long history in computer science. Researchers already tried in the ’70s to create a universal database able to answer any possible question. But this approach quickly…

The key mission of job redesigners

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Automation has become an inevitable issue for organizations. Whether to keep up with the competition or to find new growth opportunities, solutions like RPA, data processing software, or collaborative robots bring unique value to the workplace.

But because of its potential impact on HR, automation is also a highly controversial…

The best plan is to keep your human spontaneity

Facing automation, our time strangely resembles the challenges of early industrial revolutions, when machines broke down human work into small pieces.

However, there is some reason to feel optimistic. For one, AI technologies show long-standing shortcomings, and especially lack human flexibility and authenticity.

According to Kevin Roose, this leaves one…

The come-back of AI symbolic approaches

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Despite their impressive success, neural networks models have often been seen as dumb black boxes. For one example, machine translation models compute word correlations without ever showing deeper semantic understanding.

Yet, AI models have not always been like that. Knowledge expert systems from the 70s worked like rule-based thinking machines…

Humble, attentive, and deep thinkers will be in high demand

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While RPAs are automatically processing administrative tasks, ML algorithms are supplanting human eyes and ears, and industrial robots are manufacturing parts with little assistance.

Against so many threats to our human job and skills, how to ever keep the pace?

Paradoxically, our number one weapon might be to take a…

Every job will imply some kind of data engineering

Over the next few years, algorithms will take an even more prominent part in our workplace.

Whether determining the price of an insurance policy, selecting promising candidates for a job, or chatting with potential customers, AI will automate many services and work processes.

Paradoxically, this implies not less, but more…

The history of remote-controlled space modules

Manned space missions have often attracted a lot of attention from the public. By showing the heroism of astronauts facing extreme environments and challenges, they have stimulated our imagination in profound ways.

Remote space exploration missions have brought as many insights and discoveries to space organizations like NASA, but with…

The clash between manned vs. unmanned submersibles

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Since the beginnings of military and scientific exploration of the deep sea in the 1960s, ocean experts have been divided between two visions.

With emerging technologies like remote-controlled or autonomous underwater vehicles, one side of sea specialists has sought to promote unmanned exploration to carry more precise and less dangerous…

Should we consider Predator MQ-1's remote crew “heroes”?

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Picture military pilots controlling their drones from a distance, dodging enemy fire, and aiming at ground targets.

Are these pilots more heroic than pilots risking their lives in direct combat?

This is the dilemma faced by operators of the MQ-1 Predator. Widely used since the 1990s by the U.S. Air…

Jean-marc Buchert

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