Re: "Artificial intelligence in the enterprise is just yesterday's dumb algorithms rebranded as AI"
> This strikes me as a very poorly phrased debate subject
I dunno - it feels pretty accurate to me.
In much the same way as "blockchain" became the answer to all problems - despite solving none of them - AI has become the current big buzzword for enterprises, and is being very loosely interpreted, to the point where it pretty much covers any algorithm which involves an IF() statement.
Even if you look at neural networks, they're just a tool which is designed to do a single job, and which show no intelligence whatsoever outside of their specialised subject.
E.g. a neural network designed to identify giraffes can't be repurposed to predict the weather. It can't even be repurposed to identify pictures of lions!
And even when you're just looking at it's specialist subject, there's no guarantees it'll do a good job, because you're dependent on the quality of the data which has been fed into it, which may have a bias, or have some other element which the black-box training has decided to give a weighting to.
(There's also the point that once a neural network is trained up to the desired level, it's then "frozen" and shipped out. I'd argue that a key element of intelligence is the ability to change and adapt. But then, we're getting into philosophical-discussion-at-the-pub-on-Friday levels...)
So, yeah. What enterprises call AI is often just a dumb algorithm.
To be fair, we are increasingly entering a zone where the science is almost indistinguishable from magic, especially on a personal level.
E.g. point your phone at a plant, and get a full description. Talk to your phone and it'll talk back. Paint out the background in a video conference, or give yourself virtual cat-ears. Or if you receive a social-media message, you can choose from one of the predefined responses your phone has selected for you.
And so on.
But these are all individual, highly specialised tools, and it doesn't take too much to blow the smoke away from the mirrors. The fun will come when we do finally figure out how to integrate them into something which is capable of adaptation and evolution...