Bloomberg: artificial intelligence is fiction

No one sells the pale shadow of the future, announced nevertheless almost as a prophecy, more skillfully than technological industry. According to its supporters and participants in the form of technology companies, we will all live in the "metaverse", build our financial infrastructure on "web3" and provide our life with "artificial intelligence". All three of these terms are mirages that helped their lobbyists rack up billions of dollars despite the fact that reality frankly reveals their scams. Bloomberg reporter Parmy Olson exposes the scammers.

Artificial intelligence, in particular, conjures up the notion of thinking machines. But no machine can think, and no program can be truly intelligent. But industry example shows that phrase alone can be one of the most successful marketing terms of all time.

In fact, GPT-4 (the basis of the popular ChatGPT) and other large language models like it simply output a text database of about a trillion words. With an army of people programming it through patching and editing, the models combine words based on probability.

Obviously, this is not even close to intelligence

Olson writes with caustic irony.

The systems under consideration and similar ones are trained to generate text that sounds believable, but they are positioned by the IT business as new oracles of knowledge that can be connected to search engines. It's foolhardy to trust GPT-4, which keeps making mistakes. Just a few weeks ago, Microsoft Corp. and Google Alphabet Inc. suffered from revelations showing that search engines are wrong about specific facts.

Terms such as "neural networks" and "deep learning" are a hoax and only reinforce the idea that these programs are like humans. Neural networks are in no way replicas of the human brain.

Society urgently needs a different lexicon that does not promote false and pseudo-scientific magical ideas about computer systems and does not relieve the people who develop these systems on a global scale from their responsibility. It is they who can be the attackers, and not a mythical AI or some kind of intelligence locked in an electrical circuit.

Unfortunately, many people are now misusing or even flaunting AI terms in order to get people to start buying technology or start listening. But, in fact, all this AI is just a recombination of images already created by people. And no more, the journalist concluded.
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  1. Dmitry Volkov Offline Dmitry Volkov
    Dmitry Volkov (Dmitry Volkov) 26 March 2023 12: 19
    That's right, a computer is just a machine programmed by a person, the creation of an algorithm is possible only with the logic of a person, a machine will never and never be able to develop itself! What is called artificial intelligence is just a good program...
  2. Boniface Offline Boniface
    Boniface (Leo) 26 March 2023 12: 55
    finally a "sober" look at all this Game with artificial intelligence !!! There is no connection with INTELLIGENCE and will not be for at least another 100 years!!! Not a single computer is capable of thinking, analyzing, improvising in the likeness of human INTELLIGENCE! Everything that is now being pushed to the masses is nothing more than complex algorithms with access to huge amounts of data, in a simple way, programs. In terms of complexity, even an annelids cannot be compared with its 40 units of nerve endings (ganglia), not to mention the human neocortex with 150 milords of nerve cells - the ability to think, improvise, invent to feel !!
  3. zzdimk Offline zzdimk
    zzdimk 28 March 2023 04: 44
    I have always been critical of recombinant AI, but at the moment I'm interested in the question: who benefits from this journalist's article and what do they want to shove under the guise of a new digital panacea? It's just that they don't write anything in the West.
  4. Avedi Offline Avedi
    Avedi (Ankh) 28 March 2023 05: 49
    I do not agree, in some form AI exists and even beats grandmasters in chess, etc. - it is clear that these are all algorithms laid down by a person, but we ourselves live according to completely specific algorithms like biorobots - home-work-home, for example)