Artificial Intelligence and Irrational Fears — Guest Post by Jim Fedako

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. If I look at what our universities churn out, I often ask myself if intelligence is an appropriate qualifier. The more they go there, the more diplomas they amass, the dumber they seem to become. When I was a kid, if someone wanted an employee who was able to write letters without too many typos and do math that’s a bit better than basic, one looked in the sea of high school graduates. Two decades later this bar has moved up to university graduates and I have a feeling that soon it will require a PhD to get the basics right. Strangely, I know quite a number of professionals with just the most basic formal education who do very well. AI is a machine just like university-style education is a tool. We are far from self-aware machines. 

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