A bolder prediction

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Ginni Rometty, the chairman and CEO of IBMGinni Rometty, the chairman and CEO of IBM, spoke about the future of artificial intelligence at the World of Watson event, designed to showcase the “ecosystem” of innovation happening around Watson, IBM’s signature artificial-intelligence system.

“In the future, every decision that mankind makes is going to be informed by a cognitive system like Watson,” she said; “and our lives will be better for it.”

Business Insider calls it a “bold prediction.”  But I think we can go one better:

In the future, mankind’s most important decisions will be made by informed, cognitive systems like Watson, and our lives will be better for it. Continue reading

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Apollo 11

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Apollo11

This weekend marks the 45 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission landing the first men on the Moon.

The very first time a member of the human race stepped onto another planet besides the one on which it was born.

The only sentient life form on Earth that has developed the technological ability to leave its planetary home, visit another, and return safely.

The only other heavenly body besides the Earth that has had members of the human race standing upon it.  Perhaps—who knows?—the only heavenly body that has been visited by a sentient life form from another heavenly body.

Just take a moment to dwell on that.  Happy weekend.

 EDIT: If you’d like to relive the experience, try WeChooseTheMoon to enjoy the entire mission.