I recently watched this talk by Zachary Lipton. The talk is two years old but still relevant, important, and informative.
Machine Learning: The Opportunity and the Opportunists - MIT Technology Review
While artificial intelligence is delivering valuable solutions across many industries today, expectations are…
Here are few things that stuck out for me on this matter -
- Excitement + Ignorance = Misinformation
- AI/ML is currently in the same phase that the dot com boom was in the 90s. Back then, anyone who could get a website registered was considered a software expert. And now anyone can become
– a self-appointed AI authority or influencer with limited or no technical expertise.
– or can get into positions of authority by throwing money at the problem.
- Some researchers try to anthropomorphize their technology to sensationalize things — such as calling answer prediction text comprehension. ( I think it is okay to attempt to catch the attention of your readers with fancy words/phrases, but the readers have to be wary and discerning while reading the text)
- The number of people who can train neural networks has blown up, but the number of people who can reason about it, unfortunately, has not. By thinking about neural networks, I mean thinking about things like when this network will break or what the results might mean. ( which is why concepts like causality are probably necessary).
Do listen to the whole talk; it is quite short and might be worth the time.