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Academics say half of US jobs could be automated within a decade or two

Conversations with Converse

A team of British researchers has won a contest to create a computer program which holds a "conversation" so naturally it is difficult to distinguish it from a human. The creators claim similar systems could eventually replace humans in some jobs, such as counselling. They could even become companions more valued than pets.

Letter: Turing and the artificial mind

Sir: Michael Lockwood ("Man v Machine", 13 May), like so many others, has overrated the Turing test. The Turing test is not some goal or benchmark artificial intelligence (AI) researchers are (or should be) shooting for. It is a thought experiment designed to get us each to ask ourselves, "How do I know that anything other than myself experiences consciousness?" If we give each other the benefit of the doubt, then why not extend that to something that passes the Turing test?

Man v machine

Does the defeat of Kasparov by the Deep Blue computer mean that humans are no longer the only possessors of true intelligence?

Letter: Deep Blue is not that clever

Sir: While the victory of Deep Blue over Garry Kasparov demonstrates that the machine certainly does play a mean game of chess, the implications for artificial intelligence are less clear.

Long live the liberal dinosaur

Is the traditional arts course, not directly linked to jobs, to be seen as 'useless' in post-Thatcherite Britain?

Fine for boy who hacked into Pentagon

A British teenager who got a D grade in A-level computer science was fined yesterday for hacking into United States defence and missile systems and removing files on artificial intelligence and battle management.

Serbs stay on the march to hasten reform

Thousands of Serbian demonstrators, their anger undimmed by presidential promises to respect the opposition's local election victories, marched through Belgrade yesterday, demanding proof that political reform is on the way. Despite President Slobodan Milosevic's promise that his government will respect the results of 14 town councils won by Zajedno, the opposition coalition, on 17 November, the protesters are cautious about claiming victory.

Computerised CV-cruncher fills the job

There was a time when employers relied on an eye for a good CV, a probing interview technique and a healthy sense of scepticism to seek out top graduates during their annual recruitment round. Today, they have a new weapon in the battle to pick the best staff for the job - artificial intelligence.

Britain on-line for first election on the Internet

Political junkies eager for John Major to name the date of the general election will be relieved to learn that coverage of campaign '97 will kick off in earnest in only three days' time - on the Internet.

How close are we to creating HAL on Earth?

Happy birthday, HAL. Scientists around the world are preparing to celebrate the "birth" of the world's most famous fictional computer who, in 2001: A Space Odyssey, was first switched on in January 1997.

Computing skills for Catch 22

There's good news and bad news. The good news is that there is a jobs boom in the IT market after five years of recession. IT directors now cannot find enough good people. Job advertisements in the IT trade newspapers, such as Computer Weekly, are at an all-time peak. The forecast is that the boom will continue for at least another year to 18 months.

Lost? Send in the hounds

Finding what you're looking for on the Web is about to get easier.

Obituary: Paul Erdos

Paul Erdos was one of the most brilliant and probably the most remarkable of mathematicians of this century. He greatly influenced many branches of mathematics and was the prime mover in the rapid growth of combinatorics, an area of mathematics fundamental to computer science.

A-Z of the digital world

Z is for Zeroth. With a neat circularity that should please the true hacker - the last item in our catalogue means "first". For software designers working in C and the artificial intelligence language Lisp, the first item in a list is always the "zeroth" (zee-rowth). Hardware people also tend to start counting at 0 instead of 1 - a natural result of the fact that the 256 states of 8 bits correspond to the binary numbers 0, 1, ..., 255 and the digital devices known as "counters" count in this way.

Network: Father to the Ethernet

Talent, drive and luck helped Bob Metcalfe to invent the world's most popular networking technology. By Wendy Grossman
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