How to be tech in the tech lash – Ottoman androids and Pseudo-AI
AI and machine-learning are on the verge of becoming meaningless buzzwords and we could be deepening the tech-lash if we as startups are promoting technologies, we have not created yet, advocates COO and founder of legal tech Contractbook.
In the 18th and 19th century The Mechanical Turk a famous android toured Europe and America where it was presented as an automated chess-playing miracle. It replicated a traditional Ottoman sorcerer with robes, turban, and a pipe, and appeared to have an almost magical mechanism that enabled it to play a solid game of chess against any opponent. Obviously, such a thing attracted huge crowds and the hype was only enhanced when it out-smarted historical figures such as Napoleon Bonaparte and Benjamin Franklin.