Grounding AI: Artificial Intelligence is Closer — and Less Awesome — than Most Realize

Artificial intelligence (AI) is not some Asimovian fantasy, nor an extravagance best left to starch-smocked scientists clinking beakers together in an underground laboratory. AI is an opportunity to create tools that save money, save lives and improve life in ways that can’t be measured. A Computer by Any Other Name A computer with a consciousness or human-like executive function doesn’t exist yet, so strong AI remains the purview of Hollywood and the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk. Today’s humanist concerns himself with weak AI applications, the kind of smart software with narrowly defined functionality that increasingly pervades daily life across economic classes. Google uses AI to power speech and imaging processing, language translation, and answer billions of ambiguous search queries daily. Google also recently opened the source code…


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