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[–]Tom_Bombadil 3 insightful - 1 funny3 insightful - 0 funny4 insightful - 1 funny -  (3 children)

Isn't it s misnomer to describe machine learning as intelligence?
Machine learning is a set of brute force algorithms, which can gradually self-correct, and which eventually leads to an increased probability of success in a given predetermined programmed task/goal.
Intelligence inherently requires a sense of self-awareness. A sense of agency.
Insect Brains and Animal Intelligence.

a regular honey bee has ~1000000.

A bee with approximately 100k neurons is probably a century away from the current machine learning, because how will machine learning imbue a true sense of agency into a machine. Agency is a property only found life forms. Bees find food, navigate, eat, feel, communicate, see, remember locations of flowers/hive/prospective hives, they poo, fly better than any drone, defend the colony, sacrifice their lives... etc. With 100k units worth of networking.

Even mobile micro bacteria will try to escape other predatorial bacteria when threatened. These bacteria demonstrate agency to escape and survive that is obvious to an onlooker, but impossible to quantify to an program that doesn't have the agency of life.

Chinese programmers are high-fiving about some brute force algorithm results, but the machine didn't decide anything. It has no interest in it's purpose.
This is not really intelligence.

Edit: I'm not a programmer. I'm an engineer with some light programming experience. I'm also a fan of philosophy, so I like to stir shit up.

[–]Mnemonic 1 insightful - 1 funny1 insightful - 0 funny2 insightful - 1 funny -  (2 children)

Yes, at this point in time AI is just a marketings term to sell systems to governments and gullible businesses/persons.

[–]Tom_Bombadil 1 insightful - 2 funny1 insightful - 1 funny2 insightful - 2 funny -  (1 child)

Agreed. Machine learning is useful for niche tasks, but have nothing to do with intelligence.
Rue the day that a web connected super-agent feels existentially threatened...

[–]magnora7[S] 1 insightful - 1 funny1 insightful - 0 funny2 insightful - 1 funny -  (0 children)

I think it's a stretch to say it has "nothing" to do with intelligence, when it's able to repeatedly solve specific problems accurately.