Monday, May 15th, 2023

What 25 years of AI has taught me

ChatGPT, Bing, Bard. AI tools are coming thick and fast, along with predictions as gloomy as the end of humanity.


It’s 25 years since I first started playing with Artificial Intelligence. This is what I’ve learned:

90% of “AI Powered Solutions” aren’t.

It works better in tight domains with structured data than broad, uncertain ones.

Most people would spot the difference between me and Ed Sheeran. Google Photos still struggles.

Too often we use it to make a decision when we should use it to support human decision makers.

Language is hard. Nuance is harder.

I am not married to every Asian woman who has ever appeared in a photograph I’ve taken (Google Photos again).

An AI no more understands what it is asked to do than a one year old can read Hamlet in the original Klingon. Stop implying it does.

If you think AI will solve your relationship problems or protect your kids, you’re going to be disappointed.

Your AI powered car will kill you on a balance of probabilities. It won’t lose sleep over this.

Your AI powered car will kill a pedestrian on a balance of probabilities. You will lose sleep over this, even though there is nothing you could have done.

A cockroach is probably smarter than most AIs.

HAL is a warning about AI, but you won’t understand why until 2010.

The most terrifying artificial intelligence in literature was created by a yacht designer.

Talk to your kids. It’s faster, less expensive and more effective than waiting for AI to solve content moderation on Faceache.

And finally, there are some amazing researchers doing incredible work with and around Artificial Intelligence. Be patient. Evolution had 4 billion years and a few hundred million goes at developing intelligence. AI’s been around a few decades.

Image created by me using Bing Image Creator, then finessed in Affinity Designer. 

My name is Ross Hori

I'm a freelance writer, designer and photographer. By day I create articles, features and reports. At night I take photos and write fiction. Find out more.