Show Me the Intelligence
TIME TO STOP ACCEPTING AT FACE VALUE THE HYPE OF PROPHETS OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND INSTEAD ASK TO SEE THE HARD EVIDENCE...
“Artificial intelligence will reach human levels by around 2029. Follow that out further to, say, 2045, we will have multiplied the intelligence, the human biological machine intelligence of our civilization a billion-fold.”
― Ray Kurzweil, Futurist and Author
The hype about the rapidly approaching Singularity of Artificial Intelligence comes not so much from the Prophets as from the Profits of AI...
― Phil Friedman, AI-Skeptic and Author in "Artificial Un-Intelligence"
A recent article in Forbes loudly purported to provide us with "10 Powerful Examples Of Artificial Intelligence In Use Today". Unfortunately, not one of the examples cited represents a true instantiation of Intelligence, artificial or otherwise.
― Phil Friedman, in "Artificial Un-Intelligence"
The operating principle in the promotion of AI seems to be if you say it loudly and often enough, people may believe you...
― from "The Emperor May Be a Bot... But He Still Has No Clothes"
"... look for example at a driverless car, that's a form of ... modest intelligence, the average 16-year-old can do it as long as they're sober, with a couple of months of training. Yet Google has worked on it for seven years and their car still can only drive ― like on sunny days, without too much traffic."
― GARY MARCUS, "The limits of artificial intelligence", Tech Crunch, April, 2017
Let's get real. At 16 years old, 4'9" tall and well under 100 lbs, Mary Lou Retton, could have kicked the ass of the 180-pound Boston Dynamics back-flipping "super" robot fifty times over...
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