ERIC Number: EJ822631
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov-28
Reference Count: 0
Will Electric Professors Dream of Virtual Tenure?
Young, Jeffrey R.
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n14 pA13 Nov 2008
This article reports that last month at the NASA-Ames Research Center, a group of top scientists and business leaders gathered to plan a new university devoted to the idea that computers will soon become smarter than people. The details of Singularity University, as the new institution will be called, are still being worked out--and so far the organizers are tight-lipped about their plans. But to hold such a discussion at all is a sign of growing acceptance that a new wave of computing technologies may be just ahead--with revolutionary implications for research and teaching. The idea that gave the new university its name is championed by Ray Kurzweil, an inventor, entrepreneur, and futurist who argues that by 2030, a moment--the "singularity"--will be reached when computers will outthink human brains. His argument is that several technologies that now seem grossly undeveloped--including nanotechnology and artificial-intelligence software--are growing at an exponential rate and thus will mature much faster than most linear-minded people realize. Once they do, computers will take leaps forward that most people can hardly imagine today.
Descriptors: Virtual Universities, Human Factors Engineering, Cybernetics, Computer Science Education, Futures (of Society), Computer System Design, Program Development
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