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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Will you Allow AI to Construct your Genealogy? #georgiapioneers

Will you Allow AI to Construct your Genealogy?


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Imagine yourself instructing your computer to assemble a pedigree chart based on the information you provide. As AI draws upon information across thousands of genealogy platforms and assembles the data, would you trust the results?  If IT had access to all of the world's genealogy records, it would probably deliver a fairly accurate genealogy.  The brick walls and suppositions in our work would be analyzed from a mathematical standpoint. Let us face the fact that math is a true science.  I can imagine that when AT hit the brick walls, that he would provide us with a logical choice of the data. Our decision, then, would culminate from the mathematical prowness of a computer. But what about the tidbits of data stored inside our own brain, a sort of family knowledge?  Aunt May always said that our family came to America from Germany, for one example.  There are countless others couched inside of our own brain, not that of IT.

The fastest computer in the world uses about 40,000 processors with 260 cores each. That is more than 10 million processing cores running in parallel. Although each of these cores has less power than the intel processor on your desktop, the entire machine delivers about the same power as the human brain. Interesting. Nevertheless, that does not mean that AI is ready for big things such as robot control. Far from it.  This massively parallel architecture still presents enormous programming challenges in all of the processes powered together. The growth of the IT industry demands the use of custom microchips, more parallelism, more sophistocated software, and even the possibility of entirely new ways of doing computing.

 I can envision a program which assembles the genealogy chart, however, if it comes forward during my generation, I review its assembled pedigree and decide if I agree.  There are lots of confusing elements tucked into tracking families and because of the duplicate naming of children, it is often difficult to determine which generation belongs where.  Here is where IT steps in with its supreme logic and assembles the data correctly.  Some of us might be rather surprised that the results are shockingly different from what we supposed.  Hopely, we will not throw up our hands and quote IT as the true reference.  There is discussion over whether robots will take over society, performing all the work and making the decisions. Remember, IT will not be the "master" brain.  The robot, Data, on Star Trek.  He had a Cut-Off-Switch!  Remember that.

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