Originally posted on Gigaom:
Everybody who has watched any of The Terminator films knows about Skynet, the insidious computing system that becomes self-aware and decides to eliminate humans from the face of the earth. In the movies, a battle plays out, both in the present and the future, between humanity and this fearsome self-aware AI system.
Many who look at the automation of cloud operations, and the introduction of techniques like machine learning to both applications and operations automation, immediately bring up the image of a computing network that organizes into an intelligent being that is much smarter than us, and ultimately sees humanity as adversarial in some way.
People look at the giant data centers being assembled by the likes of Google, Amazon and Facebook, and they hear about changing scale of computing and the accompanying automation that enables it, and they see science fiction mirrored in life. Those that believe in the “singularity,” a point in time where we humans invent an artificial intelligence smarter than ourselves, see the cloud as an enabling infrastructure.