Robot overlords? Pshaw! I ain’t afraid of no AI – researchers

Get a hold of yourself, Elon Musk Artificial intelligence is all the rage in technology and as it progresses at a dizzying pace, the industry is at danger of being overhyped, say researchers. Speaking at a symposium about AI in bioscience, ex-IBM Watson veteran and head of technology at benevolent.ai, Jérôme Pesenti, warned the audience to have a healthy scepticism about developments in AI. There are great achievements in AI, but in reality the technology is probably “two steps behind PR”, Pesenti said. Overselling AI can lead to bogus demos and give unrealistic expectations, he added. “People start with the expectations that AI can do everything. But nothing can do everything – even Watson had its limits.” IBM often makes wild claims, said Alexander Linden, a machine learning analyst at…


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