Determinism

For most of my professional research career, I have sought more deterministic mechanisms for solving various engineering problems. My focus has always been on systems that combine the clean and neat world of computation with the messy and unpredictable physical world (cyber-physical systems). Given the messiness and unpredictability of the real world, why the obsession with determinism1? An argument that…

The Coevolution of Humans and Machines

I am an engineer. I design things that never before existed. For me, these “things” are mostly software, although I have in the past also designed some hardware. For most of my 40 years doing this, I harbored a creationist illusion that these “things” were my own personal progeny...