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Monday, January 25, 2016

Jerry Kaplan on the State of AI: Humans Can Still Apply

Product Details Jerry Kaplan talk at Google.  Kaplan was one of the founders of Teknowledge, who we partnered with in the 1980s.  The partnership led , among other efforts, to a coffee blending system that saved many millions of dollars in costs, by specifically emulating human expertise, connecting it to analytical methods and extending the use of that expertise.  Now that we are addressing the challenge again, the book should be worth reading.

" ... Serial entrepreneur, and futurist Jerry Kaplan visited Google’s office in Kirkland, WA on Nov. 4, 2015 to discuss his book: “Humans Need Not Apply A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence”
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My notes on the talk:  "  ... we worked with him at Teknowledge.  I remember him being quite level headed on the idea of AI at the time and has continued that view ...  its not 'AI', its really much better automation.   Also its really about tasks, not jobs.  So we still need to think of discrete tasks.   Watson is just a very clever search and prioritization method, not intelligence.  This is all good news, makes it likely all this work will be useful for industry in many ways.   Industry people, like ourselves, have to make sure that the systems called AI or machine learning or whatever, need to make sure they deliver.  In the past management was too quickly enamored with the AI thing.  But note also that some very useful things came out of the work done .... that is still very possible.  The marketing people are very willing to take advantage of industry to sell more solutions.   ... "

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