Artificial Intelligence (AI) scientist Dr Anupam Guha, in a recent talk about AI in the Indian context, pointed out the positives and listed some of the perils of AI. He also said what we need is to lay out the framework to tackle potential challenges posed by AI. “The thing in computer science is, the difference between what is very easy and what is impossible is not very intuitive, and hence it becomes a problem for policymakers to make policies around it, and here we need to be very cautious.” To start with he said that AI is relevant to a lot of people, not necessarily only for people who are AI enthusiasts or researchers or scientists, and that's what makes it so important. Another reason why it is important is that it's a prototype-as-a-service science, and it's not yet a well-researched field, and it can barely be called a discipline. In terms of what exactly AI is, it is like a box, a signal goes in and the output is matched. A couple of billion signals are matched to their output, the box gets trained in a particular manner. While explaining the Conundrum of the Chinese Room, he said; To an observer, it might look like the task requires intelligence or some kind of magic is happening in there, but what happens inside is actually just pattern matching. What AI can do to jobs? Speaking about what AI or automation or machine learning could do to jobs, he said that unlike…
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