With the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things (IoT), it is no surprise that many companies and entrepreneurs are eager to invest in the latest and greatest technologies. But before you dive headfirst into the world of AI and IoT, you may want to heed the warning of the father of the internet, Vint Cerf.
In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Cerf warned that the current enthusiasm for AI and IoT could lead to a “bubble” similar to the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s. He noted that, like the dot-com bubble, investors may be putting money into AI and IoT without understanding the technology or the risks involved.
Cerf has been a leader in the development of the internet for decades and is now a Google executive. According to him, “I think it’s very important for people to understand that AI is not magic, and that it’s not a panacea for all of our problems.”
He went on to explain that AI is a tool and should be used as such. He warned that companies, governments, and individuals should be aware of the potential dangers of AI, such as privacy violations and the potential for AI to be used for nefarious purposes.
The father of the internet also cautioned against treating AI as a “black box” and blindly investing in the technology. He suggested that investors need to be aware of the potential pitfalls of AI and the need to ensure that AI is used responsibly.
Cerf’s warning is a timely reminder that, while AI and IoT offer tremendous potential, they are not without risk. Companies and investors should be aware of the potential risks and should not be afraid to ask questions and do their due diligence before investing in AI and IoT. In other words, as Cerf himself put it, “Don’t just sink money into cool AI.”