Daily Archives: 2020-01-13

Are We on the Cusp of an ‘AI Winter’?

Source: Slashdot

Article note: As I've been snarking lately, My body is ready for AI Winter 3.0. The bullshit has boiled over and is making it hard to accomplish useful work in even vaguely adjacent fields.

The last decade was a big one for artificial intelligence but researchers in the field believe that the industry is about to enter a new phase . From a report: Hype surrounding AI has peaked and troughed over the years as the abilities of the technology get overestimated and then re-evaluated. The peaks are known as AI summers, and the troughs AI winters. The 10s were arguably the hottest AI summer on record with tech giants repeatedly touting AI's abilities. AI pioneer Yoshua Bengio, sometimes called one of the "godfathers of AI", told the BBC that AI's abilities were somewhat overhyped in the 10s by certain companies with an interest in doing so. There are signs, however, that the hype might be about to start cooling off. "I have the sense that AI is transitioning to a new phase," said Katja Hofmann, a principal researcher at Microsoft Research in Cambridge. Given the billions being invested in AI and the fact that there are likely to be more breakthroughs ahead, some researchers believe it would be wrong to call this new phase an AI winter. Robot Wars judge Noel Sharkey, who is also a professor of AI and robotics at Sheffield University, told the BBC that he likes the term "AI autumn" -- and several others agree.

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Mercurial’s journey to and reflections on Python 3

Source: Hacker News

Article note: This is an interesting reflection, with things to think about for ecosystem churn in general.
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