"NEWS:" AI makes Wired's Vaporware list

From: Aaron McBride (amcbride@jps.net)
Date: Mon Jan 07 2002 - 22:16:29 MST

This mostly says something about the expectations of the tech community.
It is nice to see that it's recognized that we don't have Real AI, and that Real AI is important.


8. Artificial intelligence: Weren't we supposed to have talking, thinking, "living" computers by 2001?

There was that Spielberg movie -- but even if it was robotic, it didn't count. Jimmy St. Germain commented on the lack of "actual work" produced by Cyc, the ages-old A.I. project headed by Douglas Lenat. To be fair, Cyc is not really vapor -- some of its intelligence is in use in some network tools, for example. "But I am not a systems administrator," St. Germain said. "I just wanted to be blown away."
He raises a good point. Where are our robots?

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