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The AI Guru Behind Amazon, ­ber, and ­nity Explains What AI Really Is

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Danny Lange

"For decades, moms and dads told their kids that computers can only do what they're programmed to do," says Danny Lange of Unity Technologies. "And they were wrong."

In an interview, Danish computer scientist Danny Lange, who has invented machine-learning platforms for technology giants such as Uber and Amazon, addresses the subtleties between true artificial intelligence (AI) and technology that follows human scripts.

Lange says AI can be defined in both an external and an internal aspect, with the former oriented around perception. He contends the internal aspect is being disrupted as AI transitions from being programmed to becoming able to learn. "When that comes together, I feel that we are crossing a line, and we start dealing with something that is truly AI," Lange says.

Lange also cites a feedback loop playing an important role in AI evolution, using as an example separate machine-learning systems that respectively detect fake news and produce fake news. "As one of them gets better at detecting fake news, the opponent gets better at generating fake news, because it learns from the feedback loop," Lange says.

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