Find out five key insights from the World Summit AI that brought together tech companies, academics and start-ups in Amsterdam.
1. Some of the hype around AI is overblown
Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, warns that AI is a ‘fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization’ but headlines about the rise of the machines and robot takeovers are not based in reality yet. Cognitive scientist Gary Marcus explains that the method of deep learning, in which AI imitates the human brain to process data, is a bit of a misnomer:
‘Deep learning is a marketing term — it’s not really deep and it’s no substitute for deep understanding. It can only label a scene, not interpret it…Children are smarter than any deep learning or AI.’
The notion that science fiction has been misleading was a recurring sentiment among experts at the summit. As Cassie Kozyrkov, chief decision scientist at Google put it, ‘Robots are another kind of pet rock — they don’t think at all.’
‘A lot of the AI capability is not there yet,’ says Emily Taylor, associate fellow at Chatham House’s International Security department.
Should you find yourself in a robot attack, Gary Marcus has some advice to throw them off — simply close the door, climb stairs or speak in a loud room with a foreign accent so they can’t understand you.