Describing Artificial Intelligence.

Using quotes to describe AI.

Africa Data School
5 min readAug 25, 2020

The impacts of artificial intelligence are vast.One cannot exhaust the kind of influence and impact AI has on society. AI comes with its share of positives and negatives.

Today we take a sneak-peek at the famous quotes by significant figures in the field of Artificial intelligence that will enable you to understand the field. With the quotes, we shall have a better view of this revolutionary technology.

These views express the thoughts and likely impacts of artificial intelligence though some may be absurd, the quotes are necessary as they raise your curiosity and make you yearn for more knowledge. It is a trigger for one to have a better understanding, leading to research.

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AI impact on society

As a technologist, I see how AI and the fourth industrial revolution will impact every aspect of people’s lives.” Dr. Fei Fei LI a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University.

AI is the kind of technology that will bring ease to our way of life bringing automation and creation of a healthy society.

“Artificial intelligence would be the ultimate version of Google. The ultimate search engine would understand everything on the web. It would understand exactly what you wanted, and it would give you the right thing. We’re nowhere near doing that now. However, we can get incrementally closer to that, and that is basically what we work on.” — Larry Page

With all benefits, AI will also hold a place on the negative side of society.

Dave Waters says “If people trust artificial intelligence (AI) to drive a car, people will most likely trust AI to do your job.”

This is a scenario in which will be felt most when one loses their job for an intelligent machine. The only way to evade this scenario is to outsmart the machine by having the skills that the AI will need from you.

Compassionate AI

According to Amit Ray, the goal of compassionate AI is “to build deep connections — the connections which can feel the pain of the prisoners and the joy in the dances of the butterflies.”

“Artificial Intelligence is not just learning patterns from data, but understanding human emotions and its evolution from its depth and not just fulfilling the surface level human requirements, but sensitivity towards human pain, happiness, mistakes, sufferings, and well-being of the society are the parts of the evolving new AI systems.”

― Amit Ray famous Pioneer of Compassionate AI Movement

AI Revolution

This is the disruption of a technology to the normalcy we are used to and paving in a new path to follow. “Just as electricity transformed almost everything 100 years ago, today I actually have a hard time thinking of an industry that I don’t think AI (Artificial Intelligence) will transform in the next several years.” — Andrew NG

We could say “Artificial intelligence (AI) is an infant at best. Once it becomes a teenager and believes it is smart than its parents will AI rebel?” — Dave Waters, I think that the solution to this is to eliminate the bias.

“What to do about mass unemployment? This is going to be a massive social challenge. There will be fewer and fewer jobs that a robot cannot do better [than a human]. These are not things that I wish will happen. These are simply things that I think probably will happen.” — Elon Musk

“The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race…. It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever-increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.” — Stephen Hawking

AI Emotions

The possibility of an AI displaying emotions would be a breakthrough in the field. The worst thing will be bias in the machine.

“The question is not whether intelligent machines can have any emotions, but whether machines can be intelligent without any emotions.” — Marvin Minsky

“Much has been written about AI’s potential to reflect both the best and the worst of humanity. For example, we have seen AI providing conversation and comfort to the lonely; we have also seen AI engaging in racial discrimination. Yet the biggest harm that AI is likely to do to individuals in the short term is job displacement, as the amount of work we can automate with AI is vastly bigger than before. As leaders, it is incumbent on all of us to make sure we are building a world in which every individual has an opportunity to thrive.” — Andrew NG

“AI doesn’t have to be evil to destroy humanity — if AI has a goal and humanity just happens to come in the way, it will destroy humanity as a matter of course without even thinking about it, no hard feelings.” — Elon Musk

Responsibility, AI Regulation, and Ethical issues

If you were to judge a case of an AI that was operating on a patient and the AI performed the wrong operation who would you judge as to the guilty party? the robot performing the procedure or the persons responsible for the programming of the system?

“I’m increasingly inclined to think that there should be some regulatory oversight, maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don’t do something very foolish. I mean with artificial intelligence we’re summoning the demon.” — Elon Musk

“We must address, individually and collectively, moral and ethical issues raised by cutting-edge research in artificial intelligence, which will enable significant life extension, designer babies, and memory extraction.” — Klaus Schwab

The need for Humans in AI

“The future is ours to shape. I feel we are in a race that we need to win. It’s a race between the growing power of the technology and the growing wisdom we need to manage it.” — Max Tegmark

In order to face artificial intelligence, we need to follow the advice from Mark Cuban that “Artificial Intelligence, deep learning, machine learning — whatever you’re doing if you don’t understand it — learn it. Because otherwise, you’re going to be a dinosaur within 3 years.”

He emphasizes the need to be at per with technology or be a victim of extinction in this case career-wise.

Amit Ray sees that the lack of compassion in the field of AI to be the worst mistake to make he says that

“As more and more artificial intelligence is entering into the world, more and more emotional intelligence must enter into leadership.”


As of now, we are certain that Artificial Intelligence is inevitable all we can do is ensure that we are equipped with knowledge and skills.

“Nobody phrases it this way, but I think that artificial intelligence is almost a humanities discipline. It is really an attempt to understand human intelligence and human cognition.” — Sebastian Thrun

These views express the thoughts and likely impacts of artificial intelligence though some may be absurd, the quotes are necessary as they raise your curiosity and make you yearn for more knowledge. It is a trigger for one to have a better understanding.

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