Every time we figure out a piece of it, it stops being magical;
we say, “Oh, that’s just a computation.”
The AI effect occurs when onlookers discount the behavior of an artificial intelligence program by arguing that it is not real intelligence.
Author Pamela McCorduck writes:
“It’s part of the history of the field of artificial intelligence that every time somebody figured out how to make a computer do something—play good checkers, solve simple but relatively informal problems—there was chorus of critics to say, ‘that’s not thinking’.”
AIS researcher Rodney Brooks complains
“Every time we figure out a piece of it, it stops being magical; we say, ‘Oh, that’s just a computation.'”
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