Discussion on AI to a child | 和孩子讨论人工智能

One of the children asked me whether it was true that AI would replace a lot of jobs.   Yes and no, I said.   Our current AI is very good at pattern recognition, but not good at other things.   It does not have a brain like we do.

I started to explain that our current AI is like a model, which they know a bit.   To give a concrete example, I said, suppose you have two sets of numbers, one set is 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and the other set is 2, 4, 6, 8, 10.  The computer is very good at (because we make it so) figuring out that the second set is twice of the first set.    It can recognize faces because all faces have 2 eyes, 1 nose, and 1 mouth, and have similar shapes.    In summary, it is very good at figuring out patterns if you let the computer have lots of them.

The children asked many great questions.  Some questions are truly profound, and can basically summarize the essence of the whole business of modeling.  It is amazing that how uncluttered minds can go straight to the point and not fooled by jargons or buzz.

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