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Busting the Myths of AI

A myth is a widely held but false belief or idea. That a multitude of myths surround AI technology is understandable, since mainstream entertainment and all iterations of media are usually in the business of promoting a negative message to attract eyeballs and generate clicks. It’s time to examine some of the misinformation and develop a more realistic picture of what AI really is.

Myth: AI will create an autonomous and malevolent Skynet-style system that will destroy humanity

Reality: This is another movie concept in which AI suddenly develops to the point that it becomes rogue -- to such an extent that humans can’t control or stop it. Progress with technology that learns from its data has resulted in unsupervised machine learning, but it’s still a long way off. Otherwise, AI can’t develop sentience and consciousness to rebel against humans. These algorithms can’t grow beyond their code because they’re simply intelligent programs solving complex problems with intelligent programs.

Myth: AI equals robots

Reality: AI and robots are two separate concepts. Robots are just the most obvious form of AI, but even then, not every robot relies on AI. Although some robots may eventually be enhanced by AI algorithms (software programmed to make it more autonomous) the “intelligence” part is just one additional ability robots may possess.

Myth: AI systems and robots will eventually replace all jobs, making most people redundant

Reality: On the one hand, many jobs will be automated by AI, but on the other, certain jobs require the cognitive abilities specific to humans to accomplish tasks. As well, people can retrain, or young people educated in a different direction for the new jobs that are emerging, potentially designing and building AI-powered robots.

Myth: AI is a computer version of the human brain

Reality: This is impossible because AI algorithms are nothing more than algorithms. They’re a complex command set the computer follows and can’t function like human brains in any way. Current AI is at best a very rough simulation, not even close to a digital facsimile of the cerebrum of homo sapiens. There are modern advancements in AI, like neural networks deriving their inspirations from the architecture and mold of the human brain. However, they lack the capacity and ability to think like humans.

Myth: AI will transcend human intelligence Reality: Machine learning still intrinsically involves teaching by humans. Every AI system must be fed source material chosen by people, and its outputs adjusted by human experts until it can operate.

Tomestic is ready to contribute towards a positive perception of AI, the brain that activates our Organic Living Book. As Founder and CEO, Poet De’Medici states, “We’re using AI for a very specific reason, to make the medium of books come alive, so we can have a better relationship with the most fundamental learning tool known to man, which is literature.”

"Its sole purpose is to serve our audience in every way possible – front and back end and everything in between. For example, on the front end, AI can generate images from text. On the back end, AI can collect data from the reader and then provide information we can use to enhance our product that will ultimately benefit the reader. All in all, it’s designed to create the ultimate user experience.”

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