How to Talk About AI

As a developer and scientist, I have been working on so-called "AI" technologies ever since my bachelor's thesis. Yet, my experience tells me that the word "AI" implies too many different ideas depending on the context, and over-abstraction makes discussion points ambiguous, if not misleading. It’s not just a buzzword used for fancy marketing communication. Rather, it is a tangible concept that poses technical, societal, and philosophical challenges. This series attempts to unpack the concept by revealing how it works and why it matters.

sushi * To me, the significance of today's AI solutions can be illustrated by sushi - simple presentation yet rich in information once you "taste" it.

Articles in this series

  1. What I Think About When I Talk About ML Product
  2. How I Define "Artificial Intelligence"
  3. The Complexity of Simplicity: Tacos, Sushi, and ChatGPT
  4. Three Perspectives on Large Language Models and Their Emerging Applications
  5. When We Lose Autonomy—Whose Life Are You Living?
  6. Language: Behind the Power Dynamics in Information Society

  Author: Takuya Kitazawa

Takuya Kitazawa is a freelance software developer, previously working at a Big Tech and Silicon Valley-based start-up company where he wore multiple hats as a full-stack software developer, machine learning engineer, data scientist, and product manager. At the intersection of technological and social aspects of data-driven applications, he is passionate about promoting the ethical use of information technologies through his mentoring, business consultation, and public engagement activities. See CV for more information, or contact at [email protected].