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Artificial Intelligence: The Challenges

If  humans can build an intelligent AI…”

Enthusiasm for the notion that humans will create an artificial intelligence that can act and think like they do is running high across the tech industry. So, it was with some surprise that the experts whom The Information convened for a panel for subscribers on Wednesday expressed some doubts about when, how and whether people will be able to do so.

The group—Luke Nosek of Founders Fund, Mark Palatucci of Anki and Paul Duan of Bayes Impact—weren’t without excitement about new technologies and breakthroughs. First and foremost: the fact you can now perform AI research on a basic laptop, thanks to the plummeting costs of storage and processing power. Previously, you would need a more powerful compute cluster. They also saw promise in new types of interfaces, like virtual reality, that allow you to be “inside the computer instead of using it,” remarked Mr. Nosek.

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