An A.I. Pioneer on What We Should Really Fear

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We really enjoyed this recent interview with top A.I. researcher Yejin Choi from The New York Times. It goes a long way to temper a lot of the hype and fear surrounding A.I. while also shining light on the many interesting possibilities that are the current focuses of researchers developing the latest A.I. technology.

I know this is maybe the most clichéd possible question to ask you, but I’m going to ask it anyway: Will humans ever create sentient artificial intelligence?

I might change my mind, but currently I am skeptical. I can see that some people might have that impression, but when you work so close to A.I., you see a lot of limitations. That’s the problem. From a distance, it looks like, oh, my God! Up close, I see all the flaws. Whenever there’s a lot of patterns, a lot of data, A.I. is very good at processing that — certain things like the game of Go or chess. But humans have this tendency to believe that if A.I. can do something smart like translation or chess, then it must be really good at all the easy stuff too. The truth is, what’s easy for machines can be hard for humans and vice versa. You’d be surprised how A.I. struggles with basic common sense. It’s crazy.


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