The popular press is full of doomsday articles predicting that
artificial intelligence will take over the economy putting us all out
of work. But looking carefully at the evidence to-date, mathematician
Max Little gives us a glimpse of the future of machine intelligence,
arguing that science is likely decades away from being able to
understand, let alone replace, human intelligence in general.
Max Little is an applied mathematician with a background in computer
sciences and statistics. He is part of the TED Fellows program, which
means he has been selected as one of the 400 international visionaries who are
supported by TED and collaborate to create positive change around the
He is known for his multi-disciplinary research, which includes the use of
telephones and smartphones to detect the symptoms of Parkinson’s remotely.
He gave a talk on this topic at the TEDGlobal Conference in 2012
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