Breaking Free From Unrealistic AI Expectations

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Are you tired of overhyped AI promises and moon-shot idealists who fail to deliver? Free yourself from the seduction of overhyped and unrealistic AI expectations and focus on real-world applications of AI that are already delivering value.

 [breaking free unrealistic AI]Free yourself from unrealistic AI expectations

Tired of ridiculously overhyped AI promises? Sick of counter-pieces setting the bar too low? Let’s start with this Forbes article from Nathaniel Kangpan, “Artificial Intelligence: Seduction Vs. Reality“.

Kangpan points out some interesting parallels between today’s AI hype cycle, and the “push for the cloud” not very long ago. Like today’s AI, yesterday’s cloud platforms were accompanied by massive hype and unrealistic expectations. Then, as now, sales teams promised seamless transitions between legacy and new-age systems. And then, as now, we were all promised big business benefits with a minimum of effort.

Of course, the reality was far different. Merely dumping an organization’s data into a cloud server offered few direct benefits. The important part came next – that is, what an organization did with that data, after migrating. In this regard, says Nathaniel Kangpan, AI is no different.

In this Forbes piece, Kangpan makes a few more comparisons and offers several tips to help you break free from unrealistic AI expectations.

[9 ways unrealistic AI]9 ways AI isn’t going to be like Hollywood

On the subject of “unrealistic AI”, this seems like a good time to revisit one of Seth Redmore’s Venturebeat articles, “9 ways AI isn’t going to be like Hollywood“.

Now, I love a good sci-fi doomsday flick as much as the next person. But Hollywood’s portrayal of artificial intelligence usually ranges from “semi-plausible” to “hilarious”. In fact, modern pop culture rarely gets AI right.

Artistic license is all well and good, and we’re not saying you shouldn’t enjoy those movies. But bear in mind that most Hollywood characterizations of AI miss the mark. And as AI transforms our businesses and our lives, it’s very important to have a solid understanding of what AI can and can’t do.

Read “9 ways AI isn’t going to be like Holllywood” on Venturebeat

[3 types unrealistic AI]

3 types of artificial intelligence for the real world

A couple weeks ago, I referred to Jeff Catlin’s latest Forbes article to talk about Watson for Oncology.

Remember Watson for Oncology? The MD Anderson Cancer Center spent $62 million on that moon-shot. Then they benched the project after huge delays and bias issues.

Now, we have great respect for MD Anderson and IBM. But the story of Watson for Oncology is pretty much a textbook case of unrealistic AI expectations. So it’s no surprise that Harvard Business Review references Watson for Oncology to open their latest report, “Artificial Intelligence for the Real World“.

HBR studied 152 cognitive technology projects and found they fell into three categories: robotics and cognitive automation; cognitive insight; and cognitive engagement.

In this report, HBR offers a number of examples of each project type, and a framework for companies looking to build their AI capabilities to accomplish business objectives.

See how real companies like yours are finding AI success on Harvard Business Review

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