AI scholars: Public distortion leads to a misunderstood technology
The AI race is in progress. Politicians, namely hawks in the U.S., would like to characterize AI development as a zero-sum game. David Mumford, professor emeritus at Harvard University and Brown University, adds that AI development should feature academic exchange rather protectionism and accusations of theft. Song-chun Zhu, director of the Beijing Institute for General Artificial Intelligence, argues against the narrative that AI is becoming sentient. He says that AI is still largely mechanical and cannot compare with humans who can do an infinite number of tasks autonomously.