Conjecture on where AI is going doesn’t make it so. Yet.

❝ Artificial intelligence is grossly misunderstood, but you can’t really blame the public. However well-intentioned, we’re up against multiple coordinated efforts to distort the field, whether that’s technologist doomsaying or Singularity marketing. And, as is often the case in overhyped and-or distorted science, there aren’t really people on the inside doing the work of bullshit-calling.

❝ DARPAtv published the video below a few weeks ago and it’s worth your 15 minutes. It’s a rare clear-eyed look into the guts of AI that’s also simple enough for most non-technical folks to follow. It’s dry, but IRL computer science is pretty dry. The key point is that that this stuff is still really hard, and many of the things that we imagine AI to be capable of or imminently capable of are in fact looming challenges in the field—problems just now being formulated.

Click it and watch it.

One thought on “Conjecture on where AI is going doesn’t make it so. Yet.

  1. N00b says:

    “Stephen Hawking says he fears artificial intelligence will replace humans” (Cambridge Daily News. November 1, 2017) http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/stephenhawking-fears-artificial-intelligence-takeover-13839799
    “Stephen Hawking still don’t like robots. Dinesh from Silicon Valley don’t like Silicon Valley
    Do[tc]om-mongers unite” (The Inquirer. Nov 2, 2017) https://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/3020294/stephen-hawking-still-dont-like-robots-and-dinesh-from-silicon-valley-doesnt-like-technology-companies

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