What, specifically, defines artificial intelligence? Is AI simply a fancy name for the robots you see in movies like Terminator and Wall-E? What makes a machine artificially intelligent, as opposed to just being useful?There is debate that something must be self-learning or autonomous to be considered AI.
Ian Bogost dove deeply into the debate in a recent article for The Atlantic, “‘Artificial intelligence’ has become meaningless.”Bogost cuts to the chase when it comes to what qualifies as AI: “Machines warrant the name AI when they become sentient—or at least self-aware enough to act with expertise, not to mention volition and surprise. … in most cases, the systems making claims to artificial intelligence aren’t sentient, self-aware, volitional, or even surprising.

They’re just software.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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