The truth behind AI, machine learning, and bots


Artificial intelligence — in the guises of personal assistants, bots, self-driving cars, and machine learning — is hot again, dominating Silicon Valley conversations, tech media reports, and vendor trade shows.

AI is one of those technologies whose promise is resurrected periodically, but only slowly advances into the real world. I remember the dog-and-pony AI shows at IBM, MIT, Carnie-Melon, Thinking Machines, and the like in the mid-1980s, as well as the technohippie proponents like Jaron Lanier who often graced the covers of the era’s gee-whiz magazine like “Omni.”

AI is an area where much of the science is well established, but the implementation is still quite immature. It’s not that the emperor has no clothes — rather, the emperor is only now wearing underwear. There’s a lot more dressing to be done.

Thus, take all these intelligent machine/software promises with a big grain of salt. We’re decades away from a “Star Trek”-style conversational computer, much less the artificial intelligence of Stephen Spielberg’s “A.I.”

Still, there’s a lot happening in general AI. Smart developers and companies will focus on the specific areas that have real current potential and leave the rest to sci-fi writers and the gee-whiz press.


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