AI – Artificial Intelligence

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We are filled with news of computers beating chess champions.  Computers beating humans at several difficult strategy games.  Computers being able to do better than people are touted as being Artificially intelligent.

We have phones that understand how we speak and convert it to usable text for directions, text messages or to do tasks that we need done.  Ten years ago it would have been unheard of to expect our phones to do any of these tasks.  This software and the servers are all considered AI.

Some of these computer programs make use of a concept called fuzzy logic.  Where the computer no longer works in absolutes.  There are varying degrees between 0 – false to 1 being true.  We would see 0.27 as being mostly false, while 0.72 would be mostly true.  These systems are trying to mimic how we think and perform our tasks.

Are these artificially intelligent?  The truth is they are not.  They are nothing more than statistical processes.  They have access to an enormous amount of information, that allows them to compare how to solve one situation.  Or figure out what we are saying or where we are going.  This is the true form of fuzzy logic.  Truly there is no real thought only a statistical analysis of a task.

We as humans can truly learn.  Our brains are truly unique and we can learn by watching, hearing, by touch, by using the senses available to us.  Even now as I type my brain is regulating my blood flow.  Making sure I breathe enough oxygen.  Taking care of my bodily functions. Making sure I am balanced on my chair.  Telling each of my fingers to hit each of the keys on the keyboard.  This only lists a few of the tasks my brain is currently doing at this very moment.  I was once told that we as humans cannot multitask.  I chuckled at that because I thought of all the tasks I was currently doing at that moment, including listening to him tell me that I could not multitask.

With the chess programs that have beaten the chess champions, it has to have the chess moves programmed in, or be given access to a database of moves.  These so called programs can do nothing more than what they have been designed to do.  The chess program plays chess, it cannot on its own decide to take up knitting.  The same goes for the self-driving car, it will not all of a sudden decide to take up dancing.

We see and use Google voice, Cortana, Siri and they seem intelligent.  But they are nothing more than search engines using the information on the internet to perform the tasks we ask them to perform.  However, in the mainstream they are touted as examples of artificial intelligence.

These so called AI constructs could not answer the simple question that we as humans could.  No matter how much data it has access to.  One such question is: God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son because he wanted to test his faith.  Whose son and whose faith are we talking about?  We as humans do not need access to any data, but we can still answer this question fairly easily.

Or if we told one of these constructs that we had decided against a brain transplant because we changed our mind.  It would beyond its comprehension while most of us would chuckle at that statement.

When AI does come, it will come with change.  To truly understand how to create an AI construct is to understand how we think.  To understand how we learn.  To understand how we process what is around us.  How one person who is an art expert, do nothing more than touch a work of art but know intuitively whether its fake or not.  I myself cannot explain at times how I get a solution to a computer or technology problem.  Or how I know exactly where to look for the issue.  The best explanation I can offer is that I just see it.

Only when computers reach that point, will they be truly AI.

Stanley Komarniski
Computer and Technical Expert…

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