I blame the technologists and computechhypenista who have consistently misled, deceived, and in some cases outright lied about the powers and possibilities of their various magical devices (AI, machine learning, deep learning) the list goes on and on. Unfortunately the public draws no hard line distinction between technology and science though in truth they parted ways a long time ago. Mistrust in science grows each time a member of the general public comes to the realization that machines can’t really learn, or tries to find an actual AI to interact with and discovers there are none that currently exist, or realizes that the term “deep” is nothing more than a pseudo concept that can mean whatever one wants it to mean. Even though none of those things have anything to do with science or the practice of science (except at a very base level where scientific/natural principles of physics apply) they are viewed as products of science and the scientific method and thus scientists are tarnished whenever they fail to deliver on another promise.

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