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Friday, November 23, 2018

Scalable Intelligent Systems

Quite valuable and a considerable challenge, see the full article.

Scalable Intelligent Systems by 2025  in the ACM     By Carl Hewitt, who is an emeritus professor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He is board chair of iRobust, an international scientific society for the promotion of the field of Inconsistency Robustness, and board chair of Standard IoT, an international standards organization for the Internet of Things, which is using the Actor Model to unify and generalize emerging standards for IoT.

Scalable Intelligent Systems can be brought to fruition by 2025 with the following characteristics:

Interactively acquire and present information from video, web pages, hologlasses, online data bases, sensors, articles, human speech and gestures, etc.
Real-time integration of massive, pervasively inconsistent information
Close human collaboration using hologlasses for secure mobile interaction.
Organizations of people and IoT devices (Citadels) for trustworthiness, resilience, and performance with no single point of failure
Scalability in all important dimensions including no hard barriers to continual improvement in the above areas.

There is no computer-only solution that can implement the above, i.e., people are fundamental to a Scalable Intelligent System.

Scalable Intelligent Systems are the most complex software that has ever been created by a long shot. Numerous enormous government programs are under way. [Canada 2017, China 2017, European Union 2018, France 2018, Germany 2018, Japan 2017, Nordic-Baltic Region 2018, Taiwan 2018, United Kingdom 2018, United States 201]. The development of Scalable Intelligent Systems will create enormous social and policy challenges. [Hewitt 2018]

Scalable Intelligent Systems can be of enormous value in Pain Management

According to Eric Rodgers, PhD., director of the VA's Office of Evidence Based Practice, "The use of opioids has changed tremendously since the 1990s, when we first started formulating a plan for guidelines. The concept then was that opioid therapy was an underused strategy for helping our patients and we were trying to get our providers to use this type of therapy more. But as time went on, we became more aware of the harms of opioid therapy and the development of pill mills. The problems got worse.

"It's now become routine for providers to check the state databases to see if there's multi-sourcing — getting prescriptions from other providers. Providers are also now supposed to use urine drug screenings and, if there are unusual results, to do a confirmation. [For every death from an opioid overdose] there are 10 people who have a problem with opioid use disorder or addiction. And for every addicted person, we have another 10 who are misusing their medication."  .... " 

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