THE CODE ISSUE 7

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Here is another one of my favorite quotes from the special double issue of Bloomberg Businessweek on computer coding. This one prompts me to affirm that artificial intelligence is an oxymoron (Paul Ford, “The Code Issue”, 6/15/15–6/28/15, pp. 32, 34):

The hardest work in programming is getting around things that aren’t computable, in finding ways to break impossible tasks into small, possible components, and then creating the impression that the computer is doing something it actually isn’t, like having a human conversation. This used to be known as ‘artificial intelligence research,’ but now it’s more likely to go under the name ‘machine learning’ or ‘data mining.’ When you speak to Siri or Cortana and they respond, it’s not because these services understand you; they convert your words into text, break that text into symbols, then match those symbols against the symbols in their database of terms, and produce an answer. Tons of algorithms, bundled up and applied, mean that computers can fake listening.





About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Tyco Integrated Security at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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