Yes! Quotations. Maybe all my tirades and diatribes on this subject over the past two years are making a difference? People are beginning to realize that machine learning is a term composed of two words that when combined in that order result in a logical contradiction (by the definitions of each of the words that comprise the term), and a thing which is logically impossible, a learning machine. To simplify greatly, if a machine could learn it would no longer be a machine.

Maybe people are finally starting to recognize that machine ‘learning’ and artificial ‘intelligence’ are nothing more than two different forms of what would in any previous time have been referred to as modern computing? Maybe people are seeing for the first time that just because an inanimate object has the word smart in the name does not mean it is actually smart in any way other than in its’ ability to (very quickly) follow its programming exactly as the rules of the algorithms which comprise it dictate, and that these algorithms are nothing but sets of statistical and mathematical rules? Maybe people are finally waking up to the reality of the world in which we currently reside where there exists no actual artificial intelligences anywhere on, above or below the surface of the earth?

Maybe people have taken to heart the lessons I taught in my award winning online course, Machines Can’t Learn from Scratch: Part I (see below)?

Nah. Doubt it.

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