I’ve thought along these lines a bit, but it is an interesting idea to flesh out sometime. As we build ever more complex automated actions flowing out of our social network activity we will begin to form an agent that interacts on our behalf. This is already happening but it’s mostly static. Sites like ifttt.com and others are starting to have more logic. One of the huge impacts that widespread computational thinking in the population could enable is the ability to create services that describe loops, functions and recursion on our activity and and build or grow agents that behave ‘like’ us even beginning to carry out conversations on our behalf. It sounds like wild Singularity thinking, but each step along the way is not nearly as impossible as it used to seem. Worth thinking about.
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I am a currently a postdoctoral scholar at Oregon State University on the search for a great faculty job in Computer Science. My research is generally in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Specifically, I look at the computational challenges to making good decisions about how to act in the face of uncertainty when actions need to be taken at many locations in space at each moment in time.
Currently, I am very excited and involved in a new field of research called Computational Sustainability which attempts to combine advances in AI, Machine Learning and Operations Research and other fields with the ridiculously challenging problems that exist in Ecology, Sustainable Resource Management, Forest and Wildlife Management and Climate Change.
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