Call for Questions

August 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Background

Sixty years ago, Alan M. Turing, raised the essential question, “Can machines think?” in his article “Computing Machinery and Intelligence”, which can be regarded as one of seeds for AI and other intelligent computing. He believed machines could think and also believed that “at the end of the century the use of words and general educated opinion will have altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted”. Actually, since the end of the last century, the essential question has become “Can things think?” as proposed by the TTT consortium at MIT.

Computer and networks have brought profound changes not only as revolutionary information technologies but also a digital space for creating a new world called cyberworld, whose impacts to our human beings have just begun. Following the information explosion, we are experiencing in connection explosion and service explosion. Sooner or later we will face the next one – Intelligence Explosion! The initial signs of such intelligence explosion have been appearing, such as Web Intelligence (WI) as one representative development of Web, AI, agent technology, neural networks, nature-inspired computing, cloud computing and so forth, and Ubiquitous Intelligence (UI) because of active media, sensor technology, embedded devices, pervasive computing, smart objects, Internet of things, etc.

The Important Questions

  • Are we ready for the coming of the digital explosions?
  • What are fundamental problems and grand challenges in dealing with these explosions?
  • Can we identify the most essential questions to be brought in the Intelligence Explosion as did by Turing Sixty years ago?

Perhaps no single person can do all these, but the intelligence exists in the crowd with their collective efforts. Therefore, the open forum is trying to offer a common platform for all of us to work together to think about the basic questions and further figure out Top 10 Questions in Intelligent Informatics (TOP10Qi).

Schedule

Top10Qi Open Forum will be organized with a series of events/outputs by dividing into four stages:

  • Stage QC (Question Collection): Present ~ October 30
    In this stage, we solicit questions from people around the world. No matter what backgrounds and opinions, you are welcome to submit your questions via Top10Qi website at: http://www.fst.umac.mo/wic2012/. A set of social media tools, such as Blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn can be used by you to share your ideas and discuss various issues with others. Top10Qi Working Committee will track what you have submitted and discussed over different social media, summarize questions, important opinions and other information, and provide the latest progressing results on the Top10Qi website once a week.
  • Stage QV (Question Voting): November 01 ~ November 20 A whole list of all questions will be provided on the Top10Qi website for voting. The vote will be conducted by crowd, i.e., people like you, and Top10Qi Technical Committee is composed of intelligent informatics/computing experts, respectively. Each person or technical committee member can vote up to 10 questions. Therefore, two final Question Voting Results (QVR) will be generated, namely, QVR-CP from the crowd people (CP) and QVR-CM from the committee member (CM).
  • Stage QP (Question Panel): December 05
    A Top10Qi panel will be held during the World Intelligence Congress in Macau. In the panel, the detailed information and statistic data will be first reported by the technical committee, and then two sets of Top 10 questions, T10QiCP and T10QiCM, will be announced. Also, Top 10 People who have the most questions in the T10QiCP and T10QiCM will be announced. Next, invited Top10Qi Panelists will give their statements and remarks on the Top 10 Questions. Afterwards, the panel will have open discussions between panelists and all participants. The panel will be lively broadcasted on the Internet, and everyone is welcome to remotely join the panel and ask questions in the panel.
  • Stage QR (Question Report): December 10 ~
    The Technical Committee under support of Working Committee will come up a final Top10Qi summarization report about the forum, top 10 questions (T10QiCP & T10QiCM), panelists’ statements, audiences’ comments, and other data including a whole list of questions collected, their voting results, statistic data, etc. For each of the top 10 questions, the report will list names of these who have submitted question(s) in Stage QC. The report will be put on Top10Qi website for open access.

Call for Your Participation

The success of the Top10Qi Open Forum will greatly depend on your participation and voluntary work as well as your comments. Hence, besides calling for TOP10Qi, we also sincerely call for your support and joining the special event.

  • Call for Comments and Suggestions
  • Call for Working Committee Members
  • Call for Technical Committee Members

If you have any comments or are interested in becoming a committee member, please feel free to send an email (with a biography when applying for a committee member) at top10Qi@gmail.com.

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