5 Experts Who Say Elon Musk is Wrong About AI


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Dr. Akli Adjaoute | Founder, CEO of Brighterion

Adjaoute, who has a PhD in AI and mathematics from Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, has spent 15 years developing AI technologies. He says the dangers of AI are overblown because computers have no imagination. The human mind, Adjaoute tells Information Week, can imagine that carrying an open, sloshing bucket of water across office floors (and possible down several flights of stairs) will likely cause water to spill out of the bucket and onto the carrier's clothing. That's imagination at work. A computer lacks similar cognitive capabilities, it's just fast at carrying out instructions. Even powerful AI systems such as IBM's Jeopardy!-winning Watson, don’t mimic the human brain. "We don't claim that Watson is thinking in the way people think. It is working on a computational problem at its core," IBM research scientist Murray Campbell, one of the developers of Deep Blue, told the New York Times in 2011. "The computer doesn't even know it's playing chess," said Adjaoute of Deep Blue. "It's just another level of stupid calculation."

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