Artificial Intelligence: Just How Artificial Is It?

The past year has seen the explosion of artificial intelligence (AI) technology has propelled it into mainstream media. As the technology continues to evolve, it gets closer and closer to its goal of achieving intelligence.

In recent years, AI has evolved to include object recognition, facial recognition, and image generation. With the exception of some errors, AI still touts these capabilities without problem. In addition to these recent advancements, AI is also highly programmable and able to access and recite a wealth of information. Currently, AI is also able to pass the Turing Test, which signifies AI could pass as a human.

However, abilities and functions are only a portion of what is considered intelligence. The largest obstacle for AI technology is giving machines the ability to judge and the desire to act. Presently, AI only functions because of human interaction compelling it to act. Furthermore, AI is also unable to tap into more complex human skills such as creativity and empathy. This is likely because AI is derived from binary machines, which are not suited to abstract concepts.

Ultimately, AI has proven itself to be vastly intelligent and useful for a plethora of things. However, the recent advancements in the technology are not enough to qualify it as true intelligence. Without will or the desire to act, artificial intelligence is only as good as the people who wish to use it. Despite this, the recent advancements in AI make the future very hopeful.

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Source: Academic Influence