AI and Its New Winter: from Myths to Realities

Luciano Floridi 
Philosophy & Technology volume 33, pages1–3(2020)


The trouble with seasonal metaphors is that they are cyclical. If you say that artificial intelligence (AI) got through a bad winter, you must also remember that winter will return, and you better be ready. An AI winter is that stage when technology, business, and the media get out of their warm and comfortable bubble, cool down, temper their sci-fi speculations and unreasonable hypes, and come to terms with what AI can or cannot really do as a technology (Floridi 2019), without exaggeration. Investments become more discerning, and journalists stop writing about AI, to chase some other fashionable topics and fuel the next fad.