Talks at Winton

“We’re using the phrase artificial intelligence increasingly, but there’s very little intelligence in what’s happening. It’s just learning. And there are many issues still be faced in learning itself.”

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan is a professor at University California Berkeley in computer science and statistics, and his work looks at the foundational aspects and overlap between the two fields. There’s too much hype about the use of data, says Jordan, although he believes it will dominate human life for the next several hundred years at least.

Where artificial intelligence is concerned, “we are often just mimicking what humans are doing without any of the depth associated with human understanding or reasoning”. In areas like advertising, Jordan argues, errors are usually not life-threatening. But medicine or transportation are a different matter. “The exuberance and hype will probably get diminished as we move into other fields,” he says.