When I was at University I studied AI for a couple of years along with computer science. Twenty years later our progress is… well… limited.
Yes it’s faster. The brute force element is working. But it’s not actually much smarter. We still haven’t been able to crack language translation. Which is sort of a minimal requirement for any serious AI.
He’s also right that really no one really has a business model for a singularity. And they have no business model for self-thinking machines.
The fact that the rebuttal in the article talks about thinks like SIRI and Watson kind of proves the point. Those are not autonomous intelligences of any sort. They’re large searchable databases.
Bruce Sterling Thinks Artificial Intelligence Has Jumped the Shark
Bruce Sterling wrote influential works like Schismatrix and Islands in the Net, plus he practically invented cyberpunk (with all due respect, of course, to William Gibson and Rudy Rucker).