(ORDO NEWS) — Artificial intelligence has recently taken a major step forward. Programs can even copy the style of famous writers. But most researchers do not believe that AI exhibits intelligent behavior.
Even though artificial intelligence is able to copy Shakespeare and keep up the conversation, this does not mean that it is reasonable.
Scientists have created an AI system trained to express itself like Shakespeare. The AI adopted his style by analyzing his plays learning to express his opinion about the AI’s work in iambic pentameter.
The Shakespeare Algorithm was featured in a debate at Oxford University that featured AI versions of classic writers and literary characters.
Other synthetic writers included Mrs. Bennet in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (1813), Winston Churchill’s pep talk, and Oscar Wilde’s improvised AI scene from The Importance of Being Earnest (1895).
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But scientists don’t think AI is “creative.” The AI just statistically learns the training datasets. Because of its stochastic nature – involving random variables – every time you give it the same task, it can actually give completely different answers (at one point, Shakespeare even started suggesting sonnets).
The works of these characters do not indicate any “reasonableness”. And just as natural rhea processing can construct a version of Winston Churchill’s speech or Mrs. Bennet’s conversation from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, AI can construct a discussion about the intelligence of AI with a late-night engineer.
Such systems become effective in carrying on conversations with grace and even intelligence. But after many AI conversations with people at the world’s largest AI companies, most researchers believe that AI can’t think.
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