Garry Kasparov: Data trumps everything

‘As one Google Translate engineer put it, “when you go from 10,000 training examples to 10 billion training examples, it all starts to work. Data trumps everything.”‘ 

—Garry Kasparov, Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins. 

George Johnson: Manipulating symbols

“Artificial intelligence is based on the assumption that the mind can be described as some kind of formal system manipulating symbols that stand for things in the world. Thus it doesn’t matter what the brain is made of, or what it uses for tokens in the great game of thinking. Using an equivalent set of tokens and rules, we can do thinking with a digital computer, just as we can play chess using cups, salt and pepper shakers, knives, forks, and spoons. Using the right software, one system (the mind) can be mapped onto the other (the computer).”

~George Johnson. 

Kristian J Hammond: Core intellectual property

“Every serious technology company now has an Artificial Intelligence team in place. These companies are investing millions into intelligent systems for situation assessment, prediction analysis, learning-based recognition systems, conversational interfaces, and recommendation engines. Companies such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon aren’t just employing AI, but have made it a central part of their core intellectual property.” ~Kristian J. Hammond.