Artificial Intelligence: No, we’re not there yet.
Recently, I’ve seen an accelerated growth in media hype about Artificial Intelligence. Normally, I’d ignore this kind of hype as science’s version of TMZ, but I’ve had to explain to quite a few people how our recent developments in Machine Learning isn’t the Artificial Intelligence that people make it out to be. It doesn’t help that people like Elon Musk say things like:
“The risk of something seriously dangerous happening is in the five year timeframe” - Elon Musk
It also doesn’t help that pop-technology media like Wired put out articles claiming that “AI has finally been unleashed on the world”.
What is AI?
We’ve used the phrase Artificial Intelligence colloquially for a lot of things, and there’s nothing wrong with that. When we’re playing Left4Dead, it’s totally appropriate to scream obscenities at the game AI for cheating. Sometimes people even name their Machine Learning
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