IDG Contributor Network: An achievable view of artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been just over the horizon for decades now. From the cautionary tale of AI run amok in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, to the benign computerized assistant that helped Captain Kirk “boldly go where no man had gone before” in Star Trek, the 1960s were filled with visions of an AI-enhanced future that still hasn’t materialized a half-century later. But today we are assured that, despite the slow progress of the early years, we are truly on the cusp of realizing the vision of practical AI. It seems that every product that includes software advertises itself as leveraging the power of AI. With so much hype, a sober consideration of reality is in order.

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