Anyone observing the news can see that artificial intelligence and machine learning are getting lots of attention. It goes without saying that startups are playing into this trend and raising more money than ever, as long as they have AI or cognitive technologies in their business plans or marketing material. Not only are startups raising increasingly eye-opening amounts of … [Read more...] about Is Venture Capital investment in AI Realistic or Out of Control?
One of the factors often credited for this latest boom in artificial intelligence (AI) investment, research, and related cognitive technologies, is the emergence of Deep Learning AI algorithms, and the corresponding large volumes of big data and computing power that makes Deep Learning a reality. However, deep learning is just an approach to machine learning (ML), that while … [Read more...] about Are people overly infatuated with Deep Learning, and can it really deliver?
One of the challenges for those tracking the artificial intelligence industry is that, surprisingly, there’s no accepted, standard definition of what artificial intelligence really is. As Rodney Brooks puts it starkly in the recently released “This is AI” video, “artificial intelligence doesn’t mean one thing… it’s a collection of practices and pieces that people put together”. … [Read more...] about Is Cognitive Technology a Better Term than Artificial Intelligence?
Even though artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive technologies have been around even longer than the electronic computer has been around, AI seems to get stuck in this perpetual trap where AI fantasy doesn’t meet reality. People’s hopes and visions for what AI can be are soon met with the reality of just how tough it is to create any sort of artificial intelligence in … [Read more...] about Pseudo-AI and AI Fakery
The recent demonstration of Google Duplex by CEO Sundar Pichai has grabbed the world’s attention. The demo shows a pre-recorded, and supposedly realtime, interaction between an experimental Google voice assistant, called Google Duplex, interacting with a receptionist at a hair salon and having a back-and-forth conversation to book an appointment. Other demos linked on the … [Read more...] about Google Duplex and the Problem with the Turing Test