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Will the Internet Soon Outsmart Us? 精选

已有 9515 次阅读 2009-2-25 05:36 |系统分类:科研笔记

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(Note added 3/2/2009 This mornings NY Times reported that 
Microsoft Mapping Course to a Jetsons-Style Future By ASHLEE VANCE
As personal computer sales stagnate, Microsoft and its
longtime partner, Intel, are looking to diversify into
sophisticated artificial intelligence products.
See also New York Times 2/23/09
a new breed of technologies is taking shape that will extend the reach of search engines into the Web’s hidden corners

 

In one field, the human brain still  outstrips the prodigious ability of the Internet search engine to search content. that is because the brain engages in "creative searching" connecting different types of knowledge stored in different regions. Professor Weibo Gong (U.Mass and CFINS Tsinghua) in a talk on 2/23/09 at the U. of Massachusetts Amherst argued that means exist to tap the enormous capacity of the Internet to make creative connections efficiently, that this will likely happen soon, and we should be prepared for the consequences. 

The talk is a prestigious yearly Chancellor sponsored university wide lecture designed to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and science technology popularization honoring distinguished faculty member of the university. The entire university leadership and community turned out for this standing room only lecture.
Professor Gong did a superb job  accessible, entertaining, and tantalizingly speculative. As a student of giving talks, I know how much effort went into the preparation. Basically, he advanced the case that human brain function and complex network science are the frontiers of research and mutually reinforcing subjects. It is my understanding that a video will be available in time on the web (will let you know when, where, and how). Rather than recapping the lecture here which is really impossible. You should view the lecture in its entirety when it is available. It is a lesson on how such lectures should be given (see my note below). 
The evening concluded with a formal dinner given by the university for Professor Gong, his family and invited guest. I was honored to be among the invited guests.  Here are some photos taken during the day.

poster for the lecture

 


Professor Gong, wife, daughter with the UMass Chancellor

 



Professor Gong giving the lecture

 


Dinner reception given by the Chancellor.

(A separate note regarding given prestigious lectures: This reminded me a few years back, an American Nobel prize winner was invited at great expense to give a similar lecture in Beijing, China. It was practically the worst lecture of this kind I have heard in my life. As an American, I was ashamed. As an ethnic Chinese, I feel insulted by the disrespect to China shown by the lecturer (He apparently think that zero preparation and no content are whatChinese deserve) . Excuse me for venting my anger here. It is high time China grow out of this blind adoration and obsession for the Nobel prize.)



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