Be more afraid of the artificial intelligence hype vendors than of the AI itself

The release of the Top Ten over hyped AI stories of 2019 has led the way for further promising ones, including this one, says engineer and philosopher Jonathan Bartlett:

Was the machine clever and sneaky or was it just programmed wrong? You decide.

First, just to be clear, at Mind Matters we have nothing against AI. Quite the opposite, our writers include professors at the forefront of AI research. But we do have something against AI hype.

Media seemingly can’t help portraying today’s high-tech world as a remake of I, Robot (2004), starring you and me. One result is that some members of the public may completely misunderstand what AI is and does.…

TechCrunch published an article on December 31, 2018, with the title, “This clever AI hid data from its creators to cheat at its appointed task,” advising, “Depending on how paranoid you are, this research from Stanford and Google will be either terrifying or fascinating.” The article details an actual incident from 2017 but the mundane occurrence seems to have morphed into science fiction. Jonathan Bartlett, “It’s 2019: Begin the AI Hype Cycle Again!” at Mind Matters

Jonathan Bartlett is the Research and Education Director of the Blyth Institute.

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