A.I. Needs New Clichés

The old ones aren’t helping, and the new ones are old

Molly Wright Steenson
7 min readJun 4, 2018

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If you plug “A.I.” or “artificial intelligence” into Google Image Search, here’s what you get: electric brains firing blue with neurons; translucent robots and robot heads; code dribbling down their foreheads and noses. A monkey that becomes a smartphone user, then a figure in wearable tech, a prosthesis, and a network coming out of…

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Molly Wright Steenson

President & CEO, American Swedish Institute. Author of Architectural Intelligence (MIT Press 2017).