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Artificial Intelligence: There’s Nothing Artificial About It

We may think of artificial intelligence as technology that is almost human, but when you take a closer look you may realize this is not the reality. 

The discussion,  “Artificial Intelligence: There’s nothing artificial about it,”  took place on Nov. 5 in Lynn Pippenger Hall at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. The event was part of the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs and presented by USF’s honors program to shed new light on the topic of AI.  

The two speakers, Dr. John Tressler and Dr. Nicolas Sabouret, shared their thoughts concerning the present and future of artificial intelligence and its potential to change our lives. Both traveled to the university to give their presentations, with Sabouret coming all the way from Paris. 

Artificial Intelligence, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is “a branch of computer science dealing with the simulation of intelligent behavior in computers.” Impressive advancements have been made over the past few years,  but many difficulties still exist. 

“AI takes lots of time and effort to write the programs and many times it might fail,” said Tressler. 

The scope of the AI we use today is very limited; most uses are currently in warehouses for companies like Amazon. AI is also used in hospitals with nurse robots and in the business field as interview assistants. Although AI is currently used in these ways, its use may change in the future, with it being seen more often. 

“Although AI may fail constantly now, that doesn’t mean that machines won’t completely replace us in the future,” said Sabouret. 

The presentation ended with a lengthy question and answer session, in which students and other guests had the opportunity to get their queries answered by those with experience in the field. 

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