AI
Natural and Artificial Intelligence
How are we making computers do the things we used to associated only with humans? Have we made a breakthrough in understanding human intelligence? While recent achievements might give the sense that the answer is yes, the short answer is that we are nowhere near. All we’ve achieved for... Read more
Deep(ly) Unsettling: The ubiquitous, unspoken business model of AI-induced mental illness
“The junk merchant,” wrote William S. Burroughs, “doesn’t sell his product to the consumer, he sells the consumer to his product. He does not improve and simplify his merchandise. He degrades and simplifies the client.” He might as well have been describing the commercial, AI-mediated, social-network-driven internet. The emotionally... Read more
The Chatbot Landscape, 2017 Edition
To help decision makers and users wade around the vast landscape of bots, this landscape gives a high-level overview of providers and tools.   Why this landscape, now? Since we started building bots more than 2 years ago, the landscape has seen massive interest and change. This makes it hard... Read more
Today’s Weak AI Lacks Intelligence
While Deep Learning and other ANN-based methods of machine learning have produced some amazing capabilities over the past decade, they still leave me wanting more intelligence than they can deliver. The “point neuron” used in ANN is based on an understanding of neuroscience we had back in the 1970s.... Read more
What We Talk About When We Talk About AI
What do we call the collection of technologies that make up what we used to call “artificial intelligence?” This conundrum reminds me of a Raymond Carver short story (and book) called What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. Artificial Intelligence (AI) isn’t quite as ambiguous a concept as... Read more
Why the most influential business AIs will look like spellcheckers (and a toy example of how to build one)
Forget voice-controlled assistants. At work, AIs will turn everybody into functional cyborgs through squishy red lines under everything you type. Let’s look at a toy example I just built (mostly to play with deep learning along the way). I chose as a data set Patrick Martinchek’s collection of Facebook... Read more
The meaning of Artificial Intelligence (A.I) changes depending on whom is speaking. Right now the most prominent instantiation of A.I is the chatbot. Technology’s biggest companies and plucky startups allocate resources to make chatbots more impressive, but they really haven’t broken into the mainstream yet. From the outside the... Read more
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