7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: “Software Architecture for a Post AI and Post Quantum World”
Chief Scientist for Software Engineering, IBM
No matter what future we might imagine, it will rely on software that has not yet been written. Most contemporary software that resides in the interstitial spaces of civilization – the software on which our individual lives, our communities, our nations depend – are crafted with a symbolic foundation, echoes of Boole’s Laws of Thought. We have grown an industry of such symbolic artifacts, with best practices, patterns, and platfoms upon which we build the future. That being said, there are other, equally valid ways: neural architectures and quantum processors are also Turing Complete, and therefore amenable to any problem of computation. Of course, each of these ways have their own particular advantages and efficiencies, their own scalability, latency, resilience, explainability, correctness, biases, and risk profiles. In this presentation, we’ll quickly study how we got to where we are today in the history of software engineering.