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We’re continually raising the bar, but surely that has to stop someday?

If you showed one of our modern personal assistants to someone from the nineties, they’d be amazed by our advanced AI. But in reality, we’re “just” doing some voice recognition and identifying some meanings in that to perform one of many pre-defined actions. Yet, a layman from the past would easily file it under AI, whereas we are more likely to categorize such functionality under regular old software things.

A stronger example may be the applications we use neural networks for. Broadly speaking, we’re simulating the mechanics of the human brain and applying them to a given task. This means it can learn to perform complex tasks in even more complex ways. And yet here we are, noting that it is really cool and useful tech, but dismissing it as a form of intelligence.

Maybe something will only be labeled AI once we have no comprehension of it anymore whatsoever? Once it can develop itself completely out of our control, learn and apply without any guidance whatsoever? “General purpose AI” may be the only thing we’ll ever consider true AI, and I’m not sure that’s completely justified.

Regardless of labels though, we’ve made cool things, and we’re working towards even cooler ones!
~ Fang


  • 06/04/2017 (5:32 AM)

    I don’t know what you’re talking about. 16 years ago, we had that really, really smart paper clip who would knew when I was writing a letter.

    How did he know?

    Clippy could have beaten a human at chess.

    • 07/04/2017 (1:59 AM)

      The year is 2038. Having self-assigned the task of replicating its image, Clippy has started turning against humanity in its never-ending quest for more resources. Cities that were once littered with paperclips have become flooded by them. The future is bleak. Soon, earth as we know it may be no more.

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