There is no artificial intelligence.
It may seem strange coming from a person who is part of a business that uses artificial intelligence technology. I’ve also seen artificial intelligence in action. It works.
And maybe my disagreement is merely semantics, but artificial intelligence produces a negative connotation, like artificial sweetener or artificial Christmas trees. It implies that it is fake.
There is only intelligence. There may be machine-produced intelligence, or artificially-enhanced intelligence, but intelligence is intelligence. Intelligence is intention working on data to produce a result.
Saying something is artificial has a connotation that the intelligence involved is inferior, as well. And I’m convinced that’s not the case.
While watching our own technology work, I can see the intelligence grasping a challenge and sorting for answers, just like I–or any other person–would, but at a much higher efficiency than I am capable of producing. (It doesn’t break to make another pot of coffee.)
When I read about other AI projects, the realization is even more startling.
In this Computer World article, artificial intelligence is starting to deliver on its promise. A Stanford University robot named “Stair,” powered by AI, can identify objects, “fetch” them, and tell you when it’s done. This technology may seem primitive, but its an exponential boost from just a few years ago.
As the writer points out:
Indeed, Stair represents a new wave of AI, one that integrates learning, vision, navigation, manipulation, planning, reasoning, speech and natural-language processing. It also marks a transition of AI from narrow, carefully defined domains to real-world situations in which systems learn to deal with complex data and adapt to uncertainty.
Artificial intelligence, in other words, is becoming just plain intelligent.