Phil Friedman

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Show Me the Intelligence

Show Me the Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence
Phil Friedman


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Artificial intelligence will reach human levels by around 2029. Follow that out further to, say, 2045, we will have multiplied the intelligence, the human biological machine intelligence of our civilization a billion-fold.” 

Ray Kurzweil, Futurist and Author


The hype about the rapidly approaching Singularity of Artificial Intelligence comes not so much from the Prophets as from the Profits of AI...

Phil Friedman, AI-Skeptic and Author in   "Artificial Un-Intelligence" 

A recent article in Forbes loudly purported to provide us with #5d36bb503c8b">"10 Powerful Examples Of Artificial Intelligence In Use Today". Unfortunately, not one of the examples cited represents a true instantiation of Intelligence, artificial or otherwise.  

Phil Friedman, in  "Artificial Un-Intelligence" 


The operating principle in the promotion of AI seems to be if you say it loudly and often enough, people may believe you...
from "The Emperor May Be a Bot... But He Still Has No Clothes" 


"... look for example at a driverless car, that's a form of ... modest intelligence, the average 16-year-old can do it as long as they're sober, with a couple of months of training. Yet Google has worked on it for seven years and their car still can only drive ― like on sunny days, without too much traffic."

GARY MARCUS, "The limits of artificial intelligence", Tech Crunch, April, 2017


Let's get real. At 16 years old, 4'9" tall and well under 100 lbs, Mary Lou Retton, could have kicked the ass of the 1,800-pound Boston Dynamics back-flipping "super" robot fifty times over... 

from  "The Robots Are Coming, the Robots Are Coming..." 


To read the series, go to:  

1. "Artificial UN-Intelligence"

2. "The Emperor May Be a Bot... but He Still Has No Clothes"

3. "The Robots Are Coming, the Robots Are Coming..."

4. "The Prophets VS the Profits of Ai"

5. "The Anthropomorphization of Ai"

About me, Phil Friedman:  With some 30 years background in the marine industry, I've worn different hats — as a yacht designer, boat builder, marine operations and business manager, marine industry consultant, marine marketing and ghostwriter, yachting magazine writer/editor, yacht surveyor, and marine industry educator. I'm also trained and experienced in interest-based negotiation and mediation. In a previous life, I was formally trained as an academic philosopher and taught logic and philosophy at university.

Author's Note:  If you find the series interesting and enjoyed reading it, please register your likes and comments, and share it on your social media platforms. Thanks for supporting human common sense and intelligence.

Text Copyright 2017 by Phil Friedman  —  All Rights Reserved
Image Credits: Phil Friedman and Google





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Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman

6 months ago #29

I agree with, Jim, it's all about lazy people who will abuse it. As someone that enjoys reading and writing poetry, I feel AI lacks emotion and soul. 

Jim Murray

6 months ago #28

It's not about AI per se. It's about all the lazy people who will use it as a shortcut and clutter up an already cluttered landscape with robotic crap. While real writers might think of it as helpful, the dilettantes will see it as an entree into the world of writing when they really do not have the innate skill or talent or even desire to actually be one.

don kerr

6 months ago #27

#26 Hi @Randy Keho  ! 

It's understandable that you have concerns about the impact of technology on the craft of writing. While advancements in AI and automation have certainly changed the landscape, it's important to remember that they can also be valuable tools for writers. Rather than replacing creativity and craftsmanship, these tools can enhance our abilities and streamline certain processes.

Just like calculators helped us with math, AI can assist writers in various ways, such as generating ideas, proofreading, or improving productivity. They provide suggestions and support, but the final product still relies on the writer's unique perspective and creative input. It's the human touch that gives a piece of writing its depth and authenticity.

Regarding accusations of plagiarism, it's crucial to uphold ethical standards and attribute credit properly. While technology can facilitate the replication of content, it's the responsibility of writers to ensure originality and integrity in their work. By using these tools responsibly, we can harness their potential while maintaining the craftsmanship and individuality that define great writing.

As for concerns about the government's involvement and machines taking over, it's important to approach these issues with a balanced perspective. Regulations and policies can help ensure ethical and responsible use of technology. Personally, I don't believe in regulations, to be honest, but that's another story. While there may be challenges to navigate, humans ultimately hold the power to shape the future and determine how these technologies are utilized. 

In essence, technology and writing can coexist harmoniously, with each complementing the other. By embracing the benefits of these advancements while preserving our creativity and craftsmanship, we can navigate this evolving landscape and continue to produce meaningful and impactful written work.

Randy Keho

6 months ago #25

I've been reading more and more about this lately, mostly on LinkedIn. I'm withholding judgement, but I find it disconcerting. As a writer, I feel the craft is in jeopardy. I can't help but recall when our teachers told us we couldn't use a calculator during math tests. We had to show our work. Now, all we have to do is plug-in keywords and out comes a straight-to-point manuscript. Creativity and craftsmanship are being stifled. On top of that, accusations of plagiarism are increasing involving the use (abuse) of artwork. If (when) the government gets involved, the machines will take over what's left of the planet. 

I recently came across an article by Phil Friedman about artificial intelligence (AI) and its hype. While I agree with Phil's points about the need for hard evidence to support claims about AI, I also want to point out that there are examples of AI that truly demonstrate its potential.

One such example is ChatGPT, a language model trained by OpenAI on the GPT-3.5 architecture. As an AI language model, ChatGPT has shown real potential in its ability to understand and generate human-like responses to various prompts. In fact, ChatGPT has the potential to disrupt traditional customer service and communication channels in the future.

While Phil highlights the need to avoid falling prey to the hype and marketing tactics that often accompany new technologies like AI, it's also important to recognize the real potential of AI when it is demonstrated. ChatGPT is a prime example of this potential and is just one of many innovations in the field of AI that are poised to disrupt various industries in the years to come.

Jim Murray

7 months ago #22

You were way ahead of your time, amigo.

Phil Friedman

6 years ago #21

Thanks, Aleta Curry, for your confidence. Cheers!

Milos Djukic

6 years ago #20

Phil, I borrow that one from you, with a little modification. Cheers! Original: "Before writing comes thinking" TM by Phil Friedman :)

Milos Djukic

6 years ago #19

Thanks Philippe Collard

Phil Friedman

6 years ago #18

@Phillippe Collard, thank you for the link to your LI article (really a paper). I cannot recommend too highly thar people interested in AI read it. You and I have actually been 1st level connections on LinkedIn for several years, and I cannot believe I didn’t see this great paper. Especially since I follow you there. But that is the way of LI non-distribution. Anyway, I will be adding the link to Recommended Further Reading in the posts of the series. Please feel free to comment here any time. Your voice will always be welcomed. My best to you. Cheers!

Philippe Collard

6 years ago #17

@Phili Friedman, YES! As one who is a veteran of the AI field (say 30years :-) and went thru the AI winter, I simply cannot stand the current hype. IN most case, it's done by some folks purely for self promotion. I wrote a lot on the topic. Feel free to share.

Phil Friedman

6 years ago #16

yes, Ian Weinberg, it seems that the general discussion on social media and the popular press of Artificial Intelligence has caused “us” to lose our minds. There are scientists and philosophers speaking out about this, and I hope to use the series to bring that more to the forefront. Thanks for supporting #SHOWMETHEINTELLIGENCE.

Phil Friedman

6 years ago #15

I agree, Zacharias. Much of the hyperbole about Artificial Intelligence comes not from the Prophets but from the Profits of AI — those who run on aspirations of amassing fortunes, not on knowledge. Cheers!

Phil Friedman

6 years ago #14

Great slogan, Milos Djukic! Cheers!

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

6 years ago #13

People who talk so passionately about intelligence, esp. artificial intelligence, like the futurists do, are probably compensating for their own lack of intelligence :-) True A.I. scientists and engineers tend to be more humble about what A.I. can do and avoid making predictions about AGI and similar topics...

Ian Weinberg

6 years ago #12

Drove home from work yesterday in a heavy thunderstorm. Had to slow down as I navigated torrential water streams (drew upon experiential data base); traffic lights out at major intersection - spontaneously all motorists co-operated to allow each to cross in rotation (Applied Chaos Theory); a little further noticed a young women in distress because she couldn't move to a turning line because of the jammed up traffic and floods - we all stopped to allow her to move over (drew on emotional intelligence and other value-based data). This is an illustration of current day to day human intelligence. In this context AI is but a linear computer game which has no resemblance to anything intelligent. Thanks Phil Friedman for hammering the point home, once and for all.

Milos Djukic

6 years ago #11

Before AI comes thinking.

Milos Djukic

6 years ago #10

Thanks Phil Friedman, my friend, for this great series. I support #SHOWMETHEINTELLIGENCE. The voice of reason and care about other people. Kudos.

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

6 years ago #9

It's time to hear and see how the limitations and drawbacks will steer the course of A.I.

Randall Burns

6 years ago #8

need to check it out more closely later when i get some time, the weekends for me are the busiest part of my week, "Balls to the Wall"!

David B. Grinberg

6 years ago #7

Kudos again, Phil, on this excellent series. There's certainly nothing artificial about your high intelligence!
Cool! Thanks for the structured post. Everything all tidied up!

Phil Friedman

6 years ago #5

Thank you, Randall Burns, for the share in Randy's Reads. Cheers!

Phil Friedman

6 years ago #4

Thank you, Pascal Derrien, for taking the time to read and comment. I am keeping the rest of the series in the same vein, short and sweet and to the point. And thank you again for supporting #SHOWMETHEINTELLIGENCE .

Pascal Derrien

6 years ago #3

Straight to the point

Phil Friedman

6 years ago #2

Thank you, Wayne Yoshida, for supporting #SHOWMETHEINTELLIGENCE. Cheers!

Wayne Yoshida

6 years ago #1

Thanks for indexing these posts, Phil Friedman - will make them easier to find in our busy feeds.

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