This wave of AI hype will have dire consequences. Not just for our field. For public safety.
Overselling the progress & capabilities of AI leads govts & companies to adopt shoddy "AI" solutions (which contractors are more than happy to sell). And blindly trust their predictions.
Misusing ML systems that work can be dangerous. Trusting systems that don't work (in some cases, systems that couldn't possibly work) may be an even more pressing issue.
Startups that are hyping up magical AI/AGI fantasies in order to raise money are one of the main causes of the problem. Because they shape the public discourse. They shape the perceptions of decision-makers. The media is more than happy to relay -- the media loves outrageous hype
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