Will AI’s bubble pop? Deep learning’s hype machine in overdrive

Speak & Spell SSPL/Getty Images By Sally Adee IN FROM three to eight years, we will have a machine with the general intelligence of an average human being. I mean a machine that will be able to read Shakespeare, grease a car, play office politics, tell a joke, have a fight. At that point the machine will begin to educate itself with fantastic speed. In a few months it will be at genius level, and a few months after that, its powers will be incalculable. Such rumours of superhuman artificial intelligence have been doing the rounds lately, but this prediction doesn’t come from AI oracles du jour Nick Bostrom or Elon Musk (New Scientist, 25 June, p 18). It was made in 1970 by the man widely considered to be…


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