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  • leweb
    +6

    At its best AI is currently a very sophisticated regression tool. If you can use “add trendline”in Excel, you’ve already used a very primitive version of AI.

    There have been very clever uses of it, and I don’t mean to invalidate them, but I wish the media stopped the whole “the machines are becoming sentient and will destroy humanity” hype. On the other hand, they don’t make money by being grounded and objective. Just like politicians don’t win votes by being honest.

    • AdelleChattre
      +14

      Minor quibble: this dismissal of AI is too easy, in that it's a rather stinging indictment of the subfield of connectionism more so than, say: symbolic reasoning; genetic algorithms and classifier systems; artificial life more generally evolving computationally over enormous timescales; strong, numerous, belligerent, incorporated AIs; or any number of other approaches. Which isn't to say that even simple linear regression isn't an indispensable tool. It is. I'll admit, though, it'd really harsh my buzz if it was sufficiently expressive for strong AI.