Testimonial Arnold Smeulders

What makes ICAI unique?

“The fact that a bunch of university professors operate as a smooth team to develop a new style of university research (of world level).”

What will surprise us the most in AI over the next five years?

“That we can survive the AI-revolution relatively comfortably if we accept that it can solve closed world questions like posing a skin-cancer diagnosis or recognizing an image of any arbitrary photograph, but does not know how to handle the consequences of these tasks.”

What is the biggest misconception about AI?

“The biggest misconception about AI is that it can operate in open-ended situations. The fact that it can beat the world champion of go is best matched with the fact that it could not understand the simplest joke.”


Arnold Smeulders is professor of multimedia information at UvA, chair of the nation-wide COMMIT/ program and founder of Euvision.