“The AI revolution will be led by toasters, not droids” (from Aeon Magazine)
This article talks about how we may expect AI to become “wonder boxes” in part because of the movies we see (think C-3PO in Star Wars or any of these). But at this stage, we shouldn’t expect too much. If the technolgoy is used for more specific purposes and skills, it’s much more successful.
There’s a funny, if a bit scary, algorithmically generated photo, and an equally funny (and scary) recipe generated by looking at 30,000 recipes of all different kinds. The result is … head-scratching:
The last part says “Bake at 350F for 2 to 1 hour.” Okay…
When the algorithm was created to look at only recipes of cakes, it did much better, though it’s still a recipe for something inedible.
The article goes on to explain that ANI (artificial restricted intelligence) — focusing on specific, narrower functions, is working well.