Systems of Intelligence: A practical view
Kiran Menon
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Systems of Intelligence. The hedging continues. Who me, I never said artificial intelligence, I said systems of intelligence, there’s a big difference. A system of intelligence is like a type of intelligence. It’s not really ‘intelligence’ as in artificial intelligence, which as we all know doesn’t yet exist and may never exist, it’s [intelligence], as in a sophisticated computer program that processes huge data sets through sophisticated algorithms that employ advanced statistical and mathematical techniques. Essentially, it is a name given to any System whose output seems smart. It might have some machine learning or some taste of an artificial intelligent algorithm inside but it is most definitely not intelligent it just seems that way.

While I applaud the the restraint shown by not just slapping a label of artificial intelligence on it and calling it a day, I strongly object to the use/abuse of the word intelligence in this context. If something only seems intelligent why label it as such. The term Systems of Intelligence seems like it makes sense but that does not mean it actually does. In my humble opinion the only valid reason to introduce a new term (particularly a technical one) into the vernacular is if it aids in clarification of the concept. All intelligence does in Systems of Intelligence is obfuscate. In fact, I would suggest that the reason the word intelligence was included as part of this new “System” was for purposes of hype only. If it was needed, or made sense, or in any way clarified anything was only an afterthought if it was thought of at all. The idea of adding the word intelligence to some new tech hardware or software thing seems like a good one, it is not, please stop.

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