Hillis

Two hundred years ago, American Eli Witney built the world's first 'manufactury' or assembly line. Today, W. Daniel (Danny) Hillis believes that computing is making the same breakthrough, with 'massively parallel' machines that act as assembly lines for information. Machines like Hillis' CM-5 are already making the same breakthrough speed records in supercomputing, rendering older non-parallel computers obsolete. Hillis built the first massively- parallel machine in 1985: now he is designing a new generation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) software to run on the new machines: "I want to build a computer that's proud of me," he says. For more information, see the enclosed clips.

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