Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 30 June 2018 The mistrust of AI by the general public has put a stopper in development in the past, writes Robert Matthews For those lucky enough to get in, the UAE AI Summer Camp that starts on Sunday and runs through the summer may well prove a transformative experience. Funded by the Ministry of State for Artificial Intelligence Office and with speakers from the likes of Microsoft and IBM, and aimed at school and university students and government executives, the Camp sold out in 24 hrs – and small wonder.

Attendees will get access to cutting-edge tech and be able to build systems like AI chatbots that converse with humans. As someone who began working on AI systems more than 25 years ago, I understand the excitement of getting computers to mimic brain-like abilities, however crudely.

But I also know that AI enthusiasts are prone to overlooking the single biggest obstacle to the adoption of the technology: human nature. Time and again, the reaction of humans to AI has hobbled its advance, or even stopped it dead.

Artificial intelligence to add $182 billion to UAE’s economy by 2035 Dubai’s Museum of the Future looks to AI guides and wearable tech Life in 2028: how advances in AI could change our lives for the better – and worse I speak from experience. Back in the early 1990s, I created an AI that could recognise the literary style and distinguish between authors.

Working with an expert on writing styles, I programmed a computer to behave like a so-called neural network, now one of the most widely-used forms of AI. Neural networks are good at mimicking the brain’s ability to spot patterns in a mass of noisy data, like spotting a familiar face among a crowd of strangers. Read more from thenational.ae…

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