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What Does Your Machine Actually Learn?

Machine Learning, or Artificial Intelligence as it is sadly erroneously being marketed as, is all the rage right now. We are being promised a brand new emerging world where digital minions jump at our every whim to fulfil our dreams and wishes. It even promises to do away with pesky employees and their meat body demands and expectations.

Sadly, this is of course just the latest in a stream of hyped up marketing that overpromises and underdelivers. The soberer truth right now is that Artificial Intelligence is like the dancing bear at a circus. We are not fascinated because the bear dances well – because it doesn’t. We are fascinated that the bear dances at all.

To underline this point, Gartner recently compared the craze for every company to pretend to be an AI company to the “greenwashing” that led every company to brand themselves as environmentally conscious and friendly. If you look at Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies though, Machine Learning it is at the...(continued)

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