In my first post in this series, I wrote that one definition of artificial intelligence (AI) is a machine that thinks. But is it? Several people with technical backgrounds in the AI field reached out to me after reading that post. One comment I received that I found striking is that AI is neither A nor I. Instead, it is just computer code. Nothing is thinking; a computer is just following directions. And AI is just inputs to outputs for a goal.
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