A machine is cheaper than a human for the same task

  • Luís Moniz PereiraEmail author
Curmudgeon Corner

To what extent is Artificial Intelligence taking over our lives?

In fact, Artificial Intelligence has not yet arrived. Or just a small sample. Most of what today is, rather too spectacularly, called Artificial Intelligence is what, in Computer Science, the more rigorous scientists call Data Science. Essentially, it is a technology that recognizes patterns or images. The Google translator or Siri, that translate full sentences, does not understand anything about them at all. They simply resort to a huge database to find very similar phrases. This is nevertheless useful, but AI is much more than that—it stands for a larger whole that involves imagining, arguing, proving mathematical theorems, and very much of that is still missing in the day-to-day applications that nowadays enjoy so much fuss. So, AI is still going to take care of our lives, but in much more sophisticated ways.

Will machines think?

Of course. Let us say they are another tool that humans will have, as they once had the...


Curmudgeon Corner

Curmudgeon Corner is a short opinionated column on trends in technology, arts, science and society, commenting on issues of concern to the research community and wider society. Whilst the drive for super-human intelligence promotes potential benefits to wider society, it also raises deep concerns of existential risk, thereby highlighting the need for an ongoing conversation between technology and society. At the core of Curmudgeon concern is the question: What is it to be human in the age of the AI machine? -Editor.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory for Computer Science and Information Technology (NOVA-LINCS) research centre, Departamento de Informática, Faculdade de Ciências e TecnologiaUniversidade Nova de LisboaCaparicaPortugal

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