I am a big fan of IEEE. The organization is solid and its members some of the best and brightest in their respective fields. However, in this document and effort they have erred badly. I am fine prioritizing human well being with autonomous systems and agree that it is needed. However, what “intelligent” systems are they referring too exactly? I have seen no evidence of any intelligent systems and they describe none anywhere in the document I can see. What I see are example after example of different types of autonomous computer systems, none of which have been demonstrated to be “intelligent” in any way , unless executing their programs exactly as their code is written is somehow considered intelligent. In this day and age sadly I suppose it is. All it takes to be called “intelligent” today is algorithms that are too complex to be easily understood by the lay public. We should stop calling it artificial intelligence and start calling it artificial ignorance because that is all it is based on, ignorance. Ignorance of the lay public of the statistical and mathematical techniques being employed in the programming of these machines and systems. Statistics and math, no matter how sophisticated, are not intelligence, and will never be intelligence. I would hope that the members of IEEE would understand this point, but clearly they have fallen victim to the same AI delusion as everyone else.

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