The AI Misinformation Epidemic

Zachary C. Lipton, Approximately Correct, Mar 29, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This ios the first of what promises to be a series of posts on what the author calls the 'misinformation epidemic' in AI. Here are the major sorts of misinformation:

  • lists of the AI Influencers populated mostly by people with no discernible contribution (or even expertise) in AI.
  • With startling regularity, if I tell an educated person what I do, a question quickly follows in reference to the Singularity
  • Despite the increasing familiarity of machine learning in the media, the quality of journalism hasn’t improved appreciably.

This list will be familiar to people who work in any branch of technology. The 'influencers' jump on a technology, leveraging contacts to get a book (or some such) published. The myths are spread by these and other non-experts in the field. And the journalism follows the popular icons and ignores what's actually happening in the field.

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