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A debate between AI experts shows a battle over the technology’s future

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A debate between AI experts shows a battle over the technology’s future
Photo caption: Gary Marcus and Danny Lange. Marcus: R. Farrell/ITU; Lange: Cody Glenn/Web Summit.

The field is in disagreement about where it should go and why.

Since the 1950s, artificial intelligence has repeatedly overpromised and underdelivered. While recent years have seen incredible leaps thanks to deep learning, AI today is still narrow: it’s fragile in the face of attacks, can’t generalize to adapt to changing environments, and is riddled with bias. All these challenges make the technology difficult to trust and limit its potential to benefit society.

On March 26 at MIT Technology Review’s annual EmTech Digital event, two prominent figures in AI took to the virtual stage to debate how the field might overcome these issues. […]

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