Artificial Intelligence is certainly a hot topic these days. A quick search of “AI news” gave me such headlines as:
- Los Angeles is using AI to predict who might become homeless and help before they do
- AI yearbook photo trend: Here’s how to get your retro ’90s high school photo (thanks I have my own ’90s high school yearbook photos)
- AI girlfriends are here and they’re posing a threat to a generation of men
There is much talk about AI’s capacity for good and for “evil”. In a virtual Thought Leadership Series installment by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, NCSA Director Bill Gropp offered up some thoughts about this technology that is quickly infiltrating all aspects of life, and gives a shout out to a famous example of evil AI in pop culture, with a U of I origin story. A few highlights:
- NCSA is utilizing AI in a couple of of important ways: Through the use of DeltaAI, launched recently with the help of a $10 million grant, and through the Center for Artificial Intelligence Innovation, opened in 2019.
- Currently, there are limitations in using AI due to “challenges that AIs face when confronted with something beyond their training.”
- Research is critical in understanding these limitations and finding ways to successfully use AI applications