Jeff Moden wrote:
To me, most machines/computers/whatever aren't "intelligent" nor are they able to "learn". At least, not yet. Don't get me wrong... there's some very, very clever programing being done out there that give people such an impression but, so far, I wouldn't classify most of it as "intelligent" nor "learning".
That's not entirely accurate. I feel you are discrediting these because they require some human intervention. I must stress, the act of learning is the act of acquiring knowledge through study. Machine learning is absolutely acquiring knowledge through study, but it has to be taught how to study first too. That's ideally where the human intervention comes into play and that's no different than humans being taught by a teacher either.
We are not born to just know how to read, what the color of red is, or what is right or wrong. We are taught this and so will the machines we use. Thus, as they are taught these facts and as they analyze patterns of data, they will absolutely have some bias on what to do and what not to do in many cases. However, there is the fact that new patterns in the data will be discovered much like discovering a new color you weren't taught by your art teacher, and that ideally where a big portion of the learning and even AI will come into play in how the machine reacts to that new piece of knowledge.
But, make no mistake, the act of acquiring that piece of knowledge is the act of learning. How the machine acts on that piece of learning is where the AI really comes into play. And we are just scratching the surface of how we design the machine to ideally think for themselves or make rational decisions without as much human intervention or bias.