It’s all fun and games until someone loses an AI

CEO of Allen Institute of AI: Be realistic. Hype only hurts research Many speeches at AI conferences begin with AlphaGo, the Google-built AI that beat Lee Sedol – one of the highest ranked Go players in the world – to illustrate how far AI has progressed. Most speakers briefly talk about how the computer programme works, and then go on to praise the intelligence of the machine. Oren Etzioni, CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2), however, gave the credit to the developers and not to AlphaGo. The famous science fiction writer, Arthur C Clarke, once said: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” “But deep learning is not magic,” Etzioni said. “99 per cent of machine learning – or deep learning – is human work. The…

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