What the Bots Cannot Do

Why 2016 is shaping up to be the Year of the Bot

This is the latest fashion in Software – as reported by O’Reilly, always eager to give developers the latest news.

AI (Artificial Intelligence) is now able to parse ordinary language, and understand what the speaker wants. An amazing achievement, to be sure. If the speaker says “I want a pizza.” A pizza he will get, delivered to him, fresh from the oven. His thoughts will control the world – all he has to do is say them.

This is obviously a little crazy – but I will not go into that. I will only point out its limitations. This technology can only do things – it cannot think.

This distinction will not be noticed by most people – who cannot think.

But you, dear reader, will no doubt notice it.

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