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Self-Programming Machines Next Phase of Computer Science: Wozniak

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says the next phase of computer science will involve computers that learn in unsupervised ways.

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Speaking at the World Business Forum in Sydney, Australia this week, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said computers that learn in unsupervised ways and do not need to be told what to do in advance is the next phase of computer science. This kind of artificial intelligence (AI) is important to the future of computing because until now, humans have simply pre-programmed computers to carry out certain functions and tasks, according to Wozniak.

Although computer power and speed has advanced dramatically in recent years, simply having computers complete computations faster is not the same as developing a method for solving a problem on its own. However, Wozniak does have concerns about AI's potential implications on humanity, fears that are echoed by other technology leaders such as Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates. "Once machines have independent thought and can program themselves, that's the turning point," Wozniak says.

He also notes hopefully computers will only reach human level, so they will never be smarter or better than mankind. Wozniak observes various AI advances are bringing the industry closer to where computers seem to be doing the things that we call thinking.

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