Artificial intelligence is often a nebulous concept, and being able to quantify its benefits can be something that's difficult to simplify. That's why a new system making widgets for construction is so valuable - it's a visual representation of everything machine learning can accomplish in the manufacturing industry.

In the news this week, machine learning is being brought to bear against fake news, but the hardest part is trying to agree on what's real and what's not. It turns out Facebook is tagging all of your photos with metadata they can sell to advertisers, which isn't a big surprise but let's all pretend to be outraged anyway.

Meanwhile, we're breaking down AI's strengths and weaknesses. What are the tasks it can accomplish best, and what are the biggest hurdles we face in trying to create true general intelligence?

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“By far the greatest danger of Artificial Intelligence is that people conclude too early that they understand it.” ― Eliezer Yudkowsky