Wednesday Jan 31, 2024

HBR Article: The AI Hype Cycle Is Distracting Companies

In this episode, Eric Siegel narrates his article in The Harvard Business Review, "The AI Hype Cycle Is Distracting Companies."

Access the original article here: https://hbr.org/2023/06/the-ai-hype-cycle-is-distracting-companies

Learn more about and order Eric's new book, The AI Playbook: http://www.bizML.com

Machine learning has an “AI” problem. With new breathtaking capabilities from generative AI released every several months — and AI hype escalating at an even higher rate — it’s high time we differentiate most of today’s practical ML projects from those research advances. This begins by correctly naming such projects: Call them “ML,” not “AI.” Including all ML initiatives under the “AI” umbrella oversells and misleads, contributing to a high failure rate for ML business deployments. For most ML projects, the term “AI” goes entirely too far — it alludes to human-level capabilities. In fact, when you unpack the meaning of “AI,” you discover just how overblown a buzzword it is: If it doesn’t mean artificial general intelligence, a grandiose goal for technology, then it just doesn’t mean anything at all.

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