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Friday, May 31, 2019

AI Revolution has not arrived Yet?

Late to this, but always new thoughts depending on the definition of the term and its goals.  Not if its general intelligence, but  if it is assistance or narrower and useful problem solving, its moving rapidly.

Artificial Intelligence — The Revolution Hasn’t Happened YetArtificial Intelligence — The Revolution Hasn’t Happened Yet   By Michael Jordan

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the mantra of the current era. The phrase is intoned by technologists, academicians, journalists and venture capitalists alike. As with many phrases that cross over from technical academic fields into general circulation, there is significant misunderstanding accompanying the use of the phrase. But this is not the classical case of the public not understanding the scientists — here the scientists are often as befuddled as the public. The idea that our era is somehow seeing the emergence of an intelligence in silicon that rivals our own entertains all of us — enthralling us and frightening us in equal measure. And, unfortunately, it distracts us. .... "

and Response:

Comments on Michael Jordan’s Essay
“Artificial Intelligence: The revolution hasn’t happened yet”

Emmanuel Candes, John Duchi, Chiara Sabatti `
Stanford University

We praise Jordan for bringing much needed clarity about the current status of Artificial Intelligence(AI)—what it currently is and what it is not—as well as explaining the current challenges lying ahead and outlining what is missing and remains to be done. Jordan makes several claims supported by a list of talking points that we hope will reach a wide audience; ideally, that audience will include academic, university, and governmental leaders, at a time where significant resources are being allocated to AI for research and education.

The importance of clarity
Jordan makes the point of being precise about the history of the term AI, and distinguishes several activities taking place under the AI umbrella term.Is it all right to use AI as a label for all of these different activities? Jordan seems to think it is not and we agree. To begin with, words are not simple aseptic names; they matter, and they convey meaning (as any branding expert knows). To quote Heidegger: “Man acts as though he were the shaper and master of language, while in fact language remains the master of man.” In this instance, we believe that mislabeling generates confusion, which has consequences for research and educational programming.

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