Microsoft executive believes artificial intelligence ways away from replacing human intelligence

Artificial intelligence will likely not reach the level of intelligence that allows it to think like human beings, even if technology now is able to surpass humans in specific tasks, according to a senior Microsoft executive. “Artificial intelligence currently learns in a very controlled, monitored environment, it learns through data [given to it],”Rui Yong, assistant managing director at Microsoft Research Asia, said in an interview with the South China Morning Post. “But that is not how humans learn.” While artificial intelligence technology today has surpassed human ability in certain tasks, such as AlphaGo’s ability to beat humans in the game of Go or Microsoft’s computer vision technology that recognises objects in images more accurately than humans, these technologies are tailored to achieve specific tasks and cannot adapt quickly to new…


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