A STEEP Analysis of the State of AI
In Artificial Intelligence, A Modern Approach written by Stuart Russell and Peter Norvig, the duo share a number of definitions uncovered in the literature. After considering a number of popular definitions that have been used over the years, they themselves put it that: “[AI] attempts not just to understand but also to build intelligent entities.”
This report will focus on understanding intelligent agents, specifically those that are man-made, and their relation to their makers. Since information technologies often seamlessly, and without restriction, cross international boundaries, we’ll be analyzing the topic from a global perspective, rather than focusing on localized effects and implications.
The once-clear lines between Homo sapiens and our creations have blurred significantly. Technologies ubiquitously pervade our world and take a myriad of shapes and sizes. We’ll discuss mechanical technologies in this report, but the main focus will be on information technologies, an subset of which, is that of self-improving information systems. This group of technologies is sometimes referred to as artificial intelligence (AI).