Talking Machines' Host Katherine Gorman on the Mistaken Perception of "Magic AI"

Posted by Alyssa Verzino on Nov 21, 2018 10:01:00 AM

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AI is absolutely NOT magic. At least, that’s what Katherine Gorman has to say about it on AI at Work. Katherine hosts Talking Machines, a popular AI podcast that serves as your window into the world of machine learning through conversations with experts in the field, and discussions of industry news. Check out her insightful advice to business leaders getting started with AI. Katherine addresses how much AI seems like "magic" saying, 

“It feels like magic, but it's absolutely not. If you are a person who is entering this space and you're really relying on someone to help you build a technology or find a new way to bring this into your company, you should always be asking the question, how does it work? If they can't explain that to you, you need to find a new part of that team to interact with.

The ideas here are pretty fundamental. The team of people that you're working with should be able to find a way to clearly communicate how these things are operating to you, because what if something goes wrong? You're going to need to find either them or someone else to fix that for you. Having a good working knowledge and having a team that's going to be able to provide you that good working knowledge is really fundamental.

Now, how do you find that team? How do you think about these things basically? That's the next step. I think that engaging people in conversation is a good way to suss out the snake oil and try to avoid that. There is a lot of it, and it does feel like it's amazing.

Start by immersing yourself in the language and being able to parse the big terms in a precise way that is informed by the technicality of it, but it doesn't have to be 100%. Know the difference between machine learning and deep learning. Know about artificial intelligence in general. Know where that phrase comes from. Knowing that clip arts of robots shaped like humans don't really have a whole lot to do with the field of artificial intelligence is a really good start. Be willing to learn the language and be willing to ask questions is really the best, most actionable advice I can give."

Tune in to this episode of AI at Work to learn much more from Katherine Gorman, or read the full transcription here. And, be sure to subscribe on iTunes or Google Play and share with your friends.

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Topics: AI, Artificial Intelligence, AI at Work