Here’s an example I ran across recently: A headline from a large-circulation daily’s web page screams:
“No more secrets! New mind-reading machine can translate your thoughts and display them as text INSTANTLY!”
Not just “instantly,” notice, but “INSTANTLY!”
The Daily Mail is the United Kingdom’s second biggest-selling daily newspaper.
As with all hype, there is some truth in the piece. A headline like “New AI outperforms humans by a factor of a BILLION!” could be written about a calculator that computes specific values of trig functions. Calculating the cosine of 27.3 degrees from scratch to six significant places is a laborious time sink for a human being. Most cheap calculators can do it in the blink of an eye.
The Daily Mail article is misleading in a similar way. We are led to believe that the AI application can do something much more unexpected and significant than it actually can.
The source for the claims seems to be a 2018 journal paper, … More.
See also: Neurosurgeon outlines why machines can’t think: The hallmark of human thought is meaning, and the hallmark of computation is indifference to meaning.