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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella thinks we should call AI something else, like “Different Intelligence”2 min read

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella thinks we should call AI something else

Artificial Intelligence, is a new fancy word booming nowadays in the tech world. Big Tech Giants like Google, Microsoft, Meta. and others are hyping it for reasons, some of which have been real and some are still promises. They have already launched their own large LLMs and are now integrating their existing products with generative AI. In this world full of AI, Satya Nadella believes that this is mistermed, and it should be given some other name like ‘different intelligence’, as this does not show what LLMs now offer.

In a recent interview, with Bloomberg Television, Satya Nadella CEO Of Microsoft says that the term “artificial intelligence” is not suitable. Instead, we should call it something like “different intelligence”. Nadella mentioned we should not compare artificial intelligence with humans and see it as a tool for assistance, as artificial intelligence is nowhere near human intelligence.

Nadella said “I don’t like anthropomorphizing AI”, criticizing the practice of comparing human characteristics with AI systems. “It has got intelligence if you want to give it that moniker, but it’s not the same intelligence that I have,” he added.

The best part is that Nadella’s comments on artificial intelligence were just after Microsoft’s partnered company OpenAI introduced a new personal assistant that has emotions and was capable of mimicking different voices, which we as humans do.

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Previously, In this Spring Update, OpenAI demonstrated its new GPT 4o featuring an AI voice that not only understands emotions but also expresses them, leading to comparisons with the film “Her”. Social media rumors suggest the assistant’s voice resemblance is with Scarlett Johansson who starred in the movie. So much so that Johansson decided to get legally tied with OpenAI and its CEO Sam Altman.

Also Read: OpenAI Releases ChatGPT 4o: Enhanced Text, Video & Audio Processing

With these “smart” features AI is being compared to human intelligence. In fact, Elon Musk, boss of Tesla and X predicted that by next year or 2026, artificial general intelligence (AGI) will surpass human intelligence. “AI will probably be smarter than any single human next year. By 2029, AI will probably be smarter than all humans combined,” Musk wrote in his post on X in response to a recent podcast hosted by Joe Rogan.

The comparison is also because they use terms like “learning or “understanding” to describe how AI processes information.

While, in the interview, Nadella asks uses to take caution. “It has got intelligence if you want to give it that moniker, but it’s not the same intelligence that I have,” he said.

Nadella believes that the current name of “artificial intelligence”, which was invented in the 1950s, is misleading. “I think one of the most unfortunate names is ‘artificial intelligence’ – I wish we had called it ‘different intelligence,'” Nadella mentioned in the interview. “Because I have my intelligence. I don’t need any artificial intelligence,” he added.

Tanmay Sinha

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