The European Network on High Performance and Embedded Architecture and Compilation (HiPEAC) on Monday published a report calling for "the reinvention of computing."
The HiPEAC Vision 2017's authors contend the arrival of a "Centaur Era," in which the boundaries between the traditional roles of man and machine will start to erode, is upon us.
"The evolution from desktop PC will not stop at smartphone and tablet: the devices and systems that will allow us to automate key infrastructures, such as transport, power grids, and monitoring of medical conditions, are bringing us into the age of artificial intelligence," says Koen De Bosschere, a professor at Ghent University in Belgium and coordinator of the HiPEAC network.
Vision lead editor Marc Duranton at France's Commission for Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies (CEA) says a crossroads has been reached, with current computers and software reaching the limits of what they can achieve in a dynamic environment. "What we now describe as "cyber-physical systems...entangle the cyber and physical worlds," he notes. "The increasing use of the artificial intelligence required to make them work means that we, the humans, really need to invent solutions so that we can trust systems and develop better ways to cope with the challenges of safety, security, privacy, energy efficiency, and increasing complexity."
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