Originally posted 12 Jan 20
Hype surrounding AI has peaked and troughed over the years as the abilities of the technology get overestimated and then re-evaluated.
The peaks are known as AI summers, and the troughs AI winters.
The 10s were arguably the hottest AI summer on record with tech giants repeatedly touting AI's abilities.
AI pioneer Yoshua Bengio, sometimes called one of the "godfathers of AI", told the BBC that AI's abilities were somewhat overhyped in the 10s by certain companies with an interest in doing so.
There are signs, however, that the hype might be about to start cooling off.
"I have the sense that AI is transitioning to a new phase," said Katja Hoffman, a principal researcher at Microsoft Research in Cambridge.
Given the billions being invested in AI and the fact that there are likely to be more breakthroughs ahead, some researchers believe it would be wrong to call this new phase an AI winter.
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