I agree with most of what Karl Muller has said below, but having been involved with Information Technology since the late 1960s and worked with primitive technologies like 80 column cards and punched paper tape I have a pretty good grasp of how computers work and am deeply sceptical about claims being made for AI and machine learning.
Machines are not learning, they are acquiring data, which they can then parse incredibly quickly, filtering out certain strings and identifying patterns in certain sets of records.
The first experimental electronic logic gate, using electromagnetic relays was demonstrated around 1880. First successful commercial use was by Almon Strowger in his automatic telephone switch. They still work in exactly the same way.
Now consider how a young child learns language and through a process of osmosis starts to understand the meanings of certain sounds (words,) in a language. It is quite different to anything any computer could do in the foreseeable future. But feed every word in the dictionary into a computer’s memory along with a definition and while computers may be able, with suitable software, to assemble a coherent response to a question, they still have no way of understanding what any of the words or sentences they use actually means to a human.
And that is why it is never correct to talk about Artificial Intelligence and machine learning.

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