By Steve LeVine | Axios
Artificial intelligence researchers, who have seen little recent progress toward the creation of a machine that thinks like a human, have largely halted such work in favor of applying what’s been discovered so far, says a leading AI expert.
What’s going on: Andrew Moore, dean of computer science at Carnegie-Mellon University, tells Axios that while current AI displays impressive capability in visualization, speech, and difficult games, it still contains “no magic.”
“The European Commission just announced a few weeks ago that it is increasing its investment in AI research to €1.5 billion for the period 2018-2020 and expects to see another €2.5 billion from public-private partnerships. The Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip called for a €20 billion investment. Samsung has AI research hubs in the US and South Korea. It just announced that is opening new AI research hubs in the UK, Canada, and Russia. Interest in inventing general intelligence as opposed refining specific intelligence may be ebbing somewhat. But smart people are thinking hard about how to make smarter machines. I expect we will continue to see progress, especially as smarter machines help us consider the problems.”