Artificial Intelligence may seem frightful, but the practical applications for it, particularly in business, are expanding, and some say the possibilities are limitless. A clear-eyed look at the true state of AI business projects shows more reason for optimism than fear.
By John Ghrist
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has had a somewhat dark reputation over the past few decades. It doesn't help that it's traditionally gotten a bad rap from Western culture. Films are a prime example. Beginning with HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Colossus in The Forbin Project (1970), and SkyNet in the Terminator films, just to name a few, AI is often portrayed as a technology bound to go wrong and threaten or doom the human species somehow. Couple that with countless sci-fi novels and stories in which humanity is portrayed as little more than a launch point for the silicon-based machine lifeform that will succeed us…well, it's little wonder that some people are afraid of AI in the aggregate. That's not to mention the fears that any new technology will "eliminate my job," which have been with us at least since the advent of the powered loom in 1785.