Machines and humans—how well they work together may be the key to our future
We risk abdicating too much decision-making to machines that may not be up to the task
NEW DELHI :
In the short history of computing, machines have crept ever closer to humans. In the early days, they occupied an entire room for computer-operators to enter. One of the first computers—the ENIAC from the mid 1940’s—had a massive footprint of 1,800 square feet. With passing decades, computers became smaller and more accessible. The first personal computers appeared on office desks in the mid 1970s, and in the 1980s entered our homes. In the 1990s, like a species-jumping virus, they bridged the distance from our desks to our bodies in the form of the mobile phone. Suddenly, we were carrying a computer on us, wherever we went. Today, wearable computing includes fitness trackers on our wrists, VR glasses for our eyes, and sensors woven into yoga gear.