Fred Reed of the Washington Times has written a short article
on the state of AI, or rather, the state of there still not being any AI
to speak of. Like flying cars, AI has been often predicted as being just
around the corner but it has yet to materialize. Nothing really new here
but it's good to be reminded once in a while that there's still plenty
of work to do before our robots start thinking for themselves.
Each and every one of us has a little to contribute towards AI. Be it
Marrs (or Motters) theory of compuational vision or Mc Kerrows beliefs
about touch and smell. I've done some work based on David L
Heisermanns adaptive intelligence and I'm sure others have done just
as much if not more.
This science is developing slowly and surely and will eventually be a
major aspect of computer design. People only complain about it because
they don't understand it...
And if people do understand it, they are not impressed by it anymore so
it's no longer called AI. I think AI was overhyped in the 60's and
70's and still suffers the wrath of disappointment by the "masses".
AI (like any maturing field) is branching out to a multitude of areas:
machine learning, computer vision, natural language processing,
planning, etc. are all differentiated areas within computer science and
To repeat a point already stated: when something is solved, the mystery
is lost, and it isn't considered AI. Machine Chess is a perfect
example. Current Machine GO "takes human intelligence to master", but
not for long.
That said, when I started studying computer science in 1999, I thought
AI was right around the corner. Then I learned how hard the problems
are, and was disappointed with the state of the industry.
While people might label AI as the unfulfilled dream, movies, video
games, and other media have held fairly consistent in stressing the
inevitable rise of AI. Unfortunately, it is often portrayed in a
negative light, which will yield a good deal of friction as we move