Can AI Know When To Get Into/Out-of The Way?

In this month’s TIME Magazine there’s a great article about AI from Microsoft’s VP of AI and Research Lili Cheng. Her key point:

Artificial intelligence needs to recognize when people are more effective on their own—when to get out of the way, when not to help.

Lili’s one of the greatest minds in AI and design out there, so I’m optimistic with her that there will be a lot of great advances in the coming years.

It also reminded me of the Marvin Minsky quote about computers,

“No computer has ever been designed that is ever aware of what it’s doing; but most of the time, we aren’t either.” —#MarvinMinsky

which made me wonder if AI will ever know the answer to the question that Lili poses, if even we humans aren’t 100% sure how to not get into/out-of the way of people (wink). —JM


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