Chris Lloyd’s article, “The Rise of the Learning Machines,” was excellent. More of these articles would be welcome, such as the previous month's article on general purpose GPUs (GPGP Us).
Regarding his statement, “Perhaps one day we will have a version of Windows that can detect and correct bugs as it operates,” I know he was writing about general defects, for which auto- correction is some time off. However, in the domain of security bugs, any operating system with an anti- malware package is detecting and correcting, or at least mitigating, bugs. And some such packages use machine learning today. – Robert Tortorelli
EXECUTIVE EDITOR, ALAN DEXTER, RESPONDS: Good to hear you’re enjoying these more thought- provoking reads, and our intention is to do more of them along the way. As for your point about anti- malware packages producing a reasonable attempt at self- correction, the end result may be similar, but the core philosophy is quite different, and the future that the article was suggesting was more excited about the idea of the operating system being aware enough to correct core functionality that has bugs, rather than responding to external threats— although this is something it could do as well. In many ways, this may be a scary prediction, but as software gets more and more complex, it is something that we could see happening.