People who know a thing or two about artificial intelligence believe this term is a misnomer and that the field will never progress beyond the machine learning that defines most of it in use today.
This may be with the possible exception of the DeepMind, an artificial intelligence program developed by kids in the UK and acquired by Google (now Alphabet) in 2014, with research centers in London, Canada, France and the United States.
If you’ve ever wondered why YouTube bothers to host billions of hours of video (an insanely expensive proposition) and how Facebook and Google can break even in a weak advertising market, recall mantra that, “Data is the new currency.”
In what kind of reality could data ever be the new currency? In a Virtual Reality that is a simulation of meatspace, all the better to control the latter, once every last person and object becomes a node on their digital facsimile called the Internet of Things.
This brings us to DeepDream, which gives a visualization of how AI works, using a convolutional neural network to find and enhance patterns in images via algorithmic pareidolia aka facial recognition. The program was originally trained on animals and still heavily favors the visualization of dogs and birds.
The resemblance of the imagery to LSD- and psilocybin-induced hallucinations suggests the artificial neural networks may be mimicking certain layers of the visual cortex.