AI today is "very, very stupid" says Google's AI leader

Andrew Moore argues that AI in its current stage is more limited than people realize in an attempt to quell fears of the technology taking over


At a Google Cloud event on November 14, Andrew Moore, leader of AI for Google's cloud division and a vice-president of the company, outlined the limitations of AI technology, stating that "AI is currently very, very stupid" and that the technology is very often overhyped.

"It is really good at doing certain things which our brains can't handle, but it's not something we could press to do general-purpose reasoning involving things like analogies or creative thinking or jumping outside the box," Moore explained.

Moore did not make the comments to discourage people from using the technology or to suggest that Google think using AI is stupid, but to make people aware of AI's limitations.

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He aimed to quell common fears that AI is set to become hyper-intelligent, take over everyone's jobs and potentially turn on humans in a Skynet-esque future. Last year, Pew Research found that more than 70% of Americans expressed wariness or concern about a world where machines perform many of the tasks carried out by humans.

Moore's comments, however, conflict with the outspoken fear some tech leaders have expressed toward the technology.

"I am really quite close, I am very close, to the cutting edge in AI and it scares the hell out of me," Elon Musk, CEO and founder of Tesla, famously stated. "It's capable of vastly more than almost anyone knows and the rate of improvement is exponential.

"And mark my words, AI is far more dangerous than nukes," he added.

However, Moore sees the current state of AI differently.

"There is so much that we could do to increase safety of people in the world and increase productivity just using the existing toolsets," Moore commented.

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