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‘Soft’ Artificial Intelligence Is Suddenly Everywhere

“Artificial intelligence is suddenly everywhere. It’s still what the experts call soft A.I., but it is proliferating like mad.” So starts an excellent Vanity Fair article, Enthusiasts and Skeptics Debate Artificial Intelligence, by author and radio host Kurt Andersen. Artificial intelligence is indeed everywhere, but these days, the term is used in so many different ways that it’s almost like saying that computers are now everywhere. It’s true, but so general a statement that we must probe a bit deeper to understand its implications, starting with what is meant by soft AI, versus its counterpart, strong AI. Soft, weak or narrow AI is inspired by, but doesn’t aim to mimic, the human brain. These are generally statistically oriented, computational intelligence methods for addressing complex problems based on the analysis of vast amounts of information using powerful computers and sophisticated algorithms, whose results exhibit qualities we tend to associate with human intelligence. …[READ]

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