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Posted: Saturday, March 11, 2017 12:00:00 AM
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Joseph Carl Robnett Licklider (1915)

In the 1950s, Licklider—who had studied math and physics and had a doctorate in psychology—began studying information technology. He was appointed head of information processing at ARPA, the US Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency, in the early 60s. There, he laid the groundwork for computer networking and ARPANET, the precursor of the Internet. He is considered one of the most important figures in computing history and is often compared to what historical trailblazer? More...
Posted: Sunday, March 12, 2017 8:13:33 AM

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but unlike many AI practitioners, Licklider never felt that men would be replaced by computer-based beings. As he wrote in that article: "Men will set the goals, formulate the hypotheses, determine the criteria, and perform the evaluations. Computing machines will do the routinizable work that must be done to prepare the way for insights and decisions in technical and scientific thinking.

Very insightful approach, IMO. Computing machines can never become fully sentient or self-aware. They are programmed and consequently cannot be programmed into being living personalities having feelings, emotions, approaches or ideas. No algorithm can make it happen.

On the other hand, the fact that current total computerization has emerged
from the garages of Silicon Valley
clearly shows the importance of the free-market economy and entrepreneurship for the advance of technologies and science. Governments and government agencies are not interested in spreading technologies to wide public,while private companies are.
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