AI: More Than Robo, Less Than Magic

(click to enlarge)Click to enlarge By Bobby Monks and Kathleen Campion When sailors speak of “blue water” they anticipate taking a boat offshore, out of sight of land, and usually for an extended cruise — an adventure underwritten by a frisson of risk. Much of the chatter about artificial intelligence has the patina of blue-water-thinking about it. Its promise is expansive, as broad as an ocean. There are unplumbed depths, certainly treasure and possibly danger. At the risk of overworking the metaphor, today AI sits in the matrix of a perfect storm of coincidence. AI has been around since the ’70s, (at a concept level, the 50s), but everything changes when enormous computing capacity meets big data. As the cost of computing power drops and the ability to collect and…


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