The dangers of premature, overblown claims about AI

Sep 18, 2018, 8:13 AM EDT
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The puffery about artificial intelligence and its capabilities is hurting the real progress of the technology, blanketing its limitations and dangerously prompting investments to the tunes of billions in the AI bubble, warns Zachary Lipton, an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

The “PR fluff” is blurring the lines between the real AI progress and “snake oil,” which turns into an intensely alarming situation particularly when policymakers and media business fall for the hype, reports MIT Technology Review.

The phrase “Artificial Intelligence,” in its journey from the technology labs to the general space, has become a victim of “significant misunderstanding” not only on the part of the general public but also within the scientist community, notes Medium. Before an AI revolution takes place, the entertaining illusion of “intelligence in silicon” is indeed a distraction.