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Can Big Data beat the humans who compile it? A computer pioneer bet No


Fred Brooks says that human intelligence augmented by artificial intelligence will always beat artificial intelligence alone. Is he right? Jed Macosko, an assistant prof at Wake Forest University, explains:

Before we envision scary scenes from The Matrix, we need to remember that Zor, Deep Blue, and any future AI systems are inevitably designed by humans. Developing an algorithm to beat humans or humans-plus-computers in chess requires a lot of other humans doing careful engineering. Not only that but their program designed to play chess won’t suddenly become a champion at Monopoly—or even very good at checkers. The bottom line is that Brooks’ Bet and his IA>AI inequality principle is a good reality check in the face of fears and hype about what AI will do in the future. AI is powerful and, when designed to mesh directly with the needs and intellect of humans, it becomes even more powerful. The best example of this to date is the Big Data revolution and the amazing augmentation of our intelligence that it provides. More.

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