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The Hype of AI

Updated on March 15, 2017

Introduction

AI as a technology is way over its promise. The AI community needs to tamper down these extreme predictions because they are pure fiction. Having studied and followed this area of computer programming, I have to remind people the history of AI and the many failures in the past. The few successes such as Watson from IBM is not an intelligent system as we know but just a super fast computer making computations of all possible moves...

- Mar. 2017

What is AI?

Let me first define what is artificial intelligence. AI is the ability of a computer system to interact with humans seamlessly. The original turing test as describe by Alan Turing, specify that if a system can fool the user in thinking he or she is interacting with a human like machine, then the machine can be said is "intelligent."

So far, no system has been able to pass that test with satisfaction.

Why is it so hard? After 50 years of research in this area, we cannot duplicate a child of 10 years old. The answer may surprise you. Humans are not predictable 100% of the time. Think about it, if we were, we can easily program a machine to replicate a human reaction based on prior knowledge. Since, we are unpredictable, the problem becomes huristic, meaning it is something that is learned by experience. So far, we have not been able to develop a system that can learn on its own. We have intelligent systems, which can search for a pattern when givien a large set of data, but that is not intelligence. What is intelligent is the ability to learn and to apply that knowledge to new and unrelated fields. So far, only human brain can do that.

It is the trait of humans to invent new devices, to ask questions, to look for better solutions and to think in abstract and create art.

Here is an analogy. Suppose you create a box thst can translate English to Chinese and back. A person speaking English only can communicate with a person speaking Chinese using this device. The question is this. Is that box "intelligent" or just a tool or utility?

A human translator can do exactly what the box does. Yet, it can do much more. It can recognize if the original speaker is not making any sense and question the speaker, are you sure you want to say this? A box that translate will not be able to do that. It will feed data in and out regardless of the content.


A Uniqueness

Another attribute of humans is that we are each unique down to our finger prints. Our brains are different and even though we may all receive the same training, we are very different as individuals. Even identical twins have some slight differences.

A computer program, no matter how sophisticated, cannot be unique. It is designed and manufactured and programmed in one way only. Suppose you could build a robot and give it a unique serial number, but that in it self does not make it any more unique. It is identical in every way to another robot built by the same blueprint. In order to make it unique, you will need to create something similar to our genes. The combining of genetic codes from two sources to create a new unique entity. This new entity will have various traits, inherited from both parents. How can an AI system do this? A big question mark.

Summary

In conclusion, we have a long way to go in creating a human replacement. It is a much harder problem than people thought or realize. You would need to be a "God" of some sort in order to create a human like entity with all our attributes and ability.

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    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      20 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Dtmb, thanks for the link, I will check it out.

    • Dont Taze Me Bro profile image

      Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor 

      20 months ago from https:// usercontent2. hubstatic.com / 13861447_f1024.jpg

      Jack, you may find this interesting. Al Mohler, an American historical theologian and the ninth president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky (He has been described as "one of America's most influential evangelicals") answers the question, "How should Christians think about artificial intelligence? Should we be hesitant to embrace attempts to replicate human cognitive functions in machines?"

      https://youtu.be/4Y0VHtAZWUE?t=20

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      20 months ago from Yorktown NY

      I know of no IQ tests for robots. I did write a hub on an update to the turing test -

      https://hubpages.com/technology/Turing-Test-Update...

    • Dont Taze Me Bro profile image

      Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor 

      20 months ago from https:// usercontent2. hubstatic.com / 13861447_f1024.jpg

      So there is no IQ test for AI computers? I would think that would be imperative to ascertain it's intelligence relevant to human intelligence. So just how is AI measured? You follow this right?

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      20 months ago from Yorktown NY

      DTMB, I see what you are driving at. When I say human intelligence, I am referring to the statistical norm. The bell curve. It would be with average IQ of around 110. Obviously, someone who is mentally challenged cannot be used as the norm.

      Even a child of 10 has more human intelligence than the smartest machines as of today.

    • Dont Taze Me Bro profile image

      Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor 

      20 months ago from https:// usercontent2. hubstatic.com / 13861447_f1024.jpg

      You have ignored my whole point. Let me be more clear, can Watson match the ingenuity of a person with an IQ of say 70? Does a human with an IQ of 70 even possess ingenuity? You need to define human intelligence as used in your analysis.

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      20 months ago from Yorktown NY

      As you know, IBM watson has beaten humans in Jeopardy game. However, that by itself is not intelligence. The IQ test is a limited test based on some knowledge of facts and math and problem solving. Watson can do very well in all those areas but it can't think. Part of being intelligent as humans, even the average Joe, can think and adapt and learn... The IBM watson team will tell you the limitstions of its ability. It is no match for human ingenuity.

    • Dont Taze Me Bro profile image

      Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor 

      20 months ago from https:// usercontent2. hubstatic.com / 13861447_f1024.jpg

      Jack, I think before we define artificial intelligence we must define human intelligence which leads to the conclusion that human intelligence is a bell chart that can run from no intelligence to genius. I am sure we already have computers that could be considered way more intelligent than say the least intelligent of humans. Face it, some humans can't interact with other humans "seamlessly" so what does "seamlessly" even mean.

      What is needed is a measurement of AI IQ. We can measure human intelligence by IQ testing, I'd like to know how present AI does on a human IQ test. Since you have studied and followed AI can you answer that?

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      20 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Sahana, Yes of course. I was responding to people like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawkins and Mark Cuban... who thinks AI Robots will be taking over the world...Not even close.

    • Sahanadas73 profile image

      Sahana 

      20 months ago from India

      Of course AI has not yet replaced human being, but there are things like machine learning and robotics & so on. AI is mainly associated with incorporating human like reasoning, learning and problem solving techniques into a computer. Thus there are off shots of AI like natural language processing, robotics, machine learning, machine vision etc.

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