Artificial Intelligence: Savior, Antichrist, or Hyperbole?
By Duane Thresher, Ph.D. May 23, 2018
Artificial intelligence is going to save humanity! Artificial intelligence is going to destroy humanity! Artificial intelligence is going to sell magazines and get research funding! Which is it? And what is it?
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been in the news a lot recently, including from my alma mater MIT, where I got a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and where I used to hang out at the AI Lab (which was funded by the military). I later wrote parts of some of the most sophisticated computer programs in existence -- climate models (for example, see NCAR's climate model and search for "Thresher") -- and AI is just programming (which will make it another victim of IT incompetence).