"Anything discovered by AI research that achieves practical usefulness stops being called AI", is a saying they used to say. For example, "search" was considered an AI problem at one time, but once search engines became commercial they weren't called AI.

Something's changed, though. Image-classifying neural networks have gone commercial and we're still calling them AI.

In a sense the current "AI revolution" is nothing but a change in marketing strategy.


I feel like calling programs "artificial intelligence" pretty much always makes the conversation less illuminating than if we just said "programs" or "algorithms" (or better yet, something specific like "neural network" or "classifier"). The "AI" term brings a lot of philosophical baggage and irrational optimism/pessimism with it.

Agree? Disagree?

@nindokag Honestly, all the talk of AI and memes and manipulating the public just makes me think of Metal Gear Solid 2.

All we're missing is the nanomachines.

@nindokag To comment on just one part of this, I think calling something like a neural network a program or algorithm is somewhat... off. I've seen people do so as a sort of reaction to AI as a buzzword, and I think it brings the wrong connotations.
To me it implies some kind of intent by the author, when obviously the whole point of a neural network is that there isn't a planned set of instructions.

I agree that ideally people would be specific, but the public may not understand w/o education.

@nindokag I came across "computational intelligence" and really like it as a term describing the kinds of processing that computers do.

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