The Expansion of Computer Knowledge

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Since the advent of silicon chips and microprocessors the worldwide demand for computers has skyrocketed. Computer scientists around the world are pushing the boundaries of what is considered possible in their field by making their creations more sophisticated and capable year-by-year. Artificial Intelligence (A.I) is the idea of a computer system that can display acts of intelligence and independent thought similar to humans. Many people approach the prospect of artificial intelligence with fear and caution but for intrepid computer scientists true artificial intelligence is the ultimate goal. People are reaching an ever more symbiotic relationship with computers and as the world moves forward the question must be posed: Will computer intelligence ever eclipse our own? Gordon E. Moore, the Intel co-founder, stated in 1965 that the number of transistors on a one inch diameter of silicon doubles every X number of months (X is taken to be between 18 and 24 months). The aptly named Moore’s Law now forms the basis of the semi-conductor industry and its prediction has proved remarkably accurate. Put simply, computers get twice as fast every two years. The incredible advancement of computers’ processing power can be interpreted as indicating an inevitable future where computers outstrip people. The issue with this assertion is that it makes the assumption that increases in progress will stay constant; even the semi-conductor industry acknowledges that the speed at which processing

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