Darío Gil: Culture, skills and the future of computing

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IBM Research’s global director, Dario Gil, begins by talking about his passion for researching the creation of new computers and how we are at the most exciting time in the history of computing in the last 50 years. He focuses on three major changes that will influence the way quantum computing is done: the combination of bits (mathematics), neurons (biology) and qubits (physics).
Going back to the beginnings of computer science, he comes to Claude Shannon, pioneer and founder of information theory, who managed to unite mathematics and information. For the future, however, we will have to take that same training and give it a biological character and a physical character, combining both concepts to take it to the next level. Then, inspired by the discoveries of Ramón y Cajal, neural networks are discussed and, with regard to AI, he states that it is software and, as such, it will be wherever there is software.
Developing the path we have followed to the current state of quantum computing and thinking about the future, anything is possible in the world of quantum, but you have to be able to look beyond.
As conclusions, Darío Gil summarises as follows: the combination of bits + neurons + cubits will revolutionise computing with important implications for all of humanity, but we need to approach this new reality with a multi-disciplinary approach, humanism is needed, and it is important to create new policies that understand that the future of AI will not be deterministic in its regulation. Finally, there is a need for a technology movement that puts humans at the centre, based on their rights and beneficial to all.

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