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Jim Davies: Letters to the Editor

I wrote a letter in respone to Bill Joy's article "Why the future doesn't need us." The article is about the future of artificial intelligence. You can read this fascinating article at

My response (along with many others) was published in July's issue of Wired magazine (8.07). You can see it on page 70. It's short-- the entire text of my letter follows:

Joy says that the computational power will make smart robots possible by 2030 ("Why the Future Doesn't Need Us," Wired 8.04, page 244). But much cutting-edge AI research doesn't even tax the abilities of our current computers. The bottleneck is more in our understanding of intelligence at a process level than in the raw computational muscle.

Jim R. Davies
Graduate student
Intelligent Systems and Robotics
Georgia Institute of Technology

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