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Artificial intelligence tragedies

By Tom Nuttall  

Despite high-profile success stories like Deep Blue’s chess victory over Garry Kasparov in 1997, the artificial intelligence project has been a tale of failure ever since its inception in the 1950s, at least when judged by the high standards that AI pioneers set themselves in the early years: witness Marvin Minsky’s famous declaration, in 1967, that “Within a generation… the problem of creating ‘artificial intelligence’ will substantially be solved.” (The field has had much more success in creating “domain-specific” intelligences, of which Deep Blue can be seen as an example, and has also contributed greatly to the revival of mind…

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