Why AI should excite rather than scare marketers

(c)iStock.com/Neustockimages When you mention AI or machine learning to people in the marketing world, you will often get a quip that references a science fiction film and the end of humanity, (usually a reference to Skynet and Terminator, or from HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey). Is this sci-fi prophecy of doom merited? Pedro Domingos, professor of data science at the University of Washington, says it best when he comments: “People worry that computers will get too smart and take over the world, but the real problem is that they’re too stupid and they’ve already taken over the world.” Helping a machine to understand human nature, and to itself become more human is done through cognitive systems. Humans have common sense, morals, compassion, imagination etc, whereas programmed cognitive systems excel…


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