Don't Buy the "A.I." Hype

Oct 17 2:55 PM EDT :calendar: to 3:20 pm

About This Talk

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

– George Santayana, The Life of Reason, 1905.

Congratulations, technologists! We have reached a new record for the height of the peak of inflated expectations with the hype surrounding “A.I.” If you believe the recent press, “A.I.” is going to be capable of everything, with some even talking of immortality.

It is a wonderful thing to be excited about new technology available to us, but this is at a level I have never seen in my career. There have been numerable lessons from the past that illustrate why we should avoid these levels of hype.

Is “A.I.” going to change everything? I don’t buy it, and in this talk, I’ll explain the reasons why.


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    Tim Allen

    Tim joined Wharton Research Data Services in 2008, after working for local companies and starting a few of his own. Having started programming at age six, he is currently an organizer of the Philadelphia Python Users Group, Code for Recovery, and a member of the Python Software Foundation and Django Software Foundation. Tim enjoys playing very loud guitar with lots of pedals, is an avid cyclist, was the first person to sell real world items for virtual microcurrency long before Bitcoin, and enjoys beating his head against brick walls (as demonstrated by his passion for coding, cycling in Philadelphia, and never-ending quest to get his cat to behave). A life-long Philadelphia resident, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996 with an individualized major, “Computer Aided Information Acquisition”.