According to Eric Siegel
In 2017, three high-velocity trends in machine learning gathered up full speed, and I expect they will in 2018 as well. Two are great, and one is the rose’s inevitable thorn.
3) Unfortunately, artificial intelligence is still becoming even more overhyped and “oversouled” (this pun’s credit to Eric King of The Modeling Agency :). Although the ill-defined term AI is sometimes used by expert practitioners to refer specifically to machine learning, more often it is used by analytics vendors and journalists to imply capabilities that are patently unrealistic and to cultivate expectations that are more fantasy than real life. Just because “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” as Arthur C. Clarke famously posited, that does not mean any and all “magic” we imagine or include in science fiction can or will eventually be achieved by technology. You’ve got the logic reversed. That AI will attain a will of its own that might maliciously or recklessly incur an existential threat to humanity is a ghost story — one that furthers the anthropomorphization (or even deification) of machines many vendors seem to hope will improve sales. Friends, colleagues, and countrymen, I urge you to ease off on the “AI” stuff. It’s adding noise and confusion, and will eventually incur backlash, as all “vaporware” sales do.
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