11th April 2013 might just be a day in your diary that passed by with little significance, meanwhile in Johannesburg, South Africa, something quite extraordinary happened. Something for which there has been quite a lot of hype and many a prophecy made. An event known to many as the ‘Singularity’ many readers will have heard about, yet very few will have heard that it has now arrived.
Software Company Sciam Solutions based in Johannesburg has spent 30 plus years building on the works of Weiner, Walter, Serebriakoff, Asimov and others to create software that can learn like a human. The company claim it can figure out what it doesn’t know and research things because it understands the subject. And, being computer based, the software cannot unlearn, so-to-speak, and therefore rapidly builds on the intelligence it has gathered.
Rather than the well established science fiction fans ‘Artificial Intelligence’, the company claim they have developed something far greater. Instead of trying to copy characteristics of intelligence, the software literally recreates and emulates the way the brain works – hence naming it ‘Human Intelligence Emulation’ or HIE.
The implications of HIE are as wide as they are far reaching, and this software has the potential to change business and the world, for the better. Current versions of the software are commercially focused and have been developed to help achieve highly ambitious goals among blue chip companies.
Testers of first time users of the software have been astounded at the results, and in some cases the solutions provided have been met with disbelief thanks to the revolutionary ‘thinking’ performed by the software.
According to the CEO, “HIE could be used to recalculate logistics challenges to reduce shipping costs and increase productivity, and do so better than a vast international corporate, while you enjoy a round of golf”.
HIE uses natural written language rather than complex code, and voice recognition is in the pipeline. Not only does this reduce the time taken to adopt the software by cutting out lengthy training courses, it reduces the time taken to produce results, both of which have been concerns amongst any organization who has considered the implementation of ‘streamlining’ software solutions.
Needless to say, I think a few of us may be exhaling a sigh of relief that the singularity did not instantly result in a nuclear explosion followed by a 100 year war against ‘the machines’ (see Terminator). We’re looking forward to a more efficient and prosperous future, but what do you think?
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