Don’t overestimate AI’s understanding of human language

Tech 11-1-2019 The Next Web 37

This article is part of Demystifying AI, a series of posts that (try to) disambiguate the jargon and myths surrounding AI. It’s very easy to misread and overestimate achievements in artificial intelligence. And nowhere is this more evident than in the domain of human language, where appearances can falsely hint at in-depth capabilities. In the past year, we’ve seen any number of companies giving the impression that their chatbots, robots and other applications can engage in meaningful conversations as a human would. You just need to look at Google’s Duplex, Hanson Robotics’ Sophia and numerous other stories to become convinced that we’ve reached a…

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