IT professionals lash out at Sajith for misleading public

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The Association of Information Technology Professionals said yesterday that it was deeply saddened when it saw UNP presidential candidate, Mr. Sajith Premadasa, trying to mislead the public by showing a dashboard which he referred to as ’’Artificially Intelligent Management Dashboard’’.

“We are very disappointed that he is trying to mislead the public by merely displaying a video without incorporating any such advanced technologies,” the Secretary of the Association Lasantha Wickramasinghe said.

He said, “Artificial intelligence is any device that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximise its chance of successfully achieving its goals. Examples include driving a vehicle without a driver, diagnosing a patient and suggesting the treatments by a robot.

Even what Mr. Premadasa showed us using a video is not artificial intelligence. Just showing data on a coloured dashboard is not artificial intelligence at all. At that time, he was looking for answers to the problem by discussing with an officer via a phone call. It is obvious that the intelligence of Mr. Premadasa and the officer on the other side is not artificial intelligence.

We still cannot believe that a person seeking the leadership of the country is committing such a degrading act to mislead his voters. We suggest that he should openly apologise to the public for his efforts to mislead the people by this fraudulent act".

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  • Joe Saturday, 12 October 2019 06:06 AM

    This is just overrated News and wondering Where are these folks when Dhammika Perera rambling about AI

    Independent Saturday, 12 October 2019 06:09 AM

    Data analytics is also an AI concept. Probably, Basil has bought this association too?

    DJ Saturday, 12 October 2019 06:36 AM

    How about an artificial intelligent President. That way the country can save a lot of cash as no security, no road blocks, no bullet proof cars etc., and you pick holes in what is said

    Dee Saturday, 12 October 2019 06:39 AM

    Do we have proper 'IT professionals' in SL?

    Udi Saturday, 12 October 2019 06:41 AM

    Well said!

    Hari M Saturday, 12 October 2019 06:44 AM

    Lasantha wants some cheap popularity, why don't you introduce AI instead of going after a politician.

    J Welikala Saturday, 12 October 2019 07:05 AM

    The only survival tactic both the UNP

    Manu Saturday, 12 October 2019 07:14 AM

    You fake UNPs. Even this man is not fit to govern the country.

    Chux Saturday, 12 October 2019 07:16 AM

    Who those professionals who criticize and they couldn’t criticize when they deprived their opportunities in the past

    City Saturday, 12 October 2019 07:20 AM

    First time to hear an association like this, maybe interconnected to GMOA

    Shaq Brian Saturday, 12 October 2019 07:46 AM

    This IT fraternity itself is misleading the people. Rather than mud slinging a candidate, why dont they present to him what AI is all about. You are the expert and he is a novice.

    Warren Raed Saturday, 12 October 2019 08:01 AM

    Unfortunately, Sri Lankans are stupid are prone to believe anything.

    Mithula Saturday, 12 October 2019 08:17 AM

    Looks like these It Professionals are Rajapssa fans!

    UniDon Saturday, 12 October 2019 08:20 AM

    third 'Gon katha' or bullshits; you only have two more chances as per Gammanpila

    PPP Saturday, 12 October 2019 08:37 AM

    Politicians (P) and Professionals (P) are all misleading the Public (P) and only interested in themselves.

    Dasa P Saturday, 12 October 2019 08:51 AM

    I think Sajith tried to convince the public how he would use emerging technologies to better govern the country. Common masses will surely get the message. One cannot expect a politician to be an expert in computer science. We still remember how poor the computer knowledge that Hilary Clinton had when she dealt with her private email server. And Donald Trump using very insecure Android phone for his personal use.Seemingly IT professionals have become a cat's paw of someone.

    Andy Silva Saturday, 12 October 2019 10:32 AM

    Correctly said....

    Jayanath Saturday, 12 October 2019 08:55 AM

    That’s why I said this man is insane. he doesn’t know what he talking about even!

    Prasadi Saturday, 12 October 2019 09:04 AM

    At least someone gave the explanation, thanks for that. This incident is one of the best example to understand how politicians think of peoples’ knowledge

    Haramanis Saturday, 12 October 2019 09:10 AM

    Poor show - thinking like his leader to try to mislead the Public

    Don't through from glass house Saturday, 12 October 2019 09:14 AM

    Who these IT professional? Computer hardware such as PC or laptop sellers or XL sellers who has already spoilt our IT market. We know the professionalism of our IT professional

    Terrence Saturday, 12 October 2019 09:38 AM

    Pundits of the IT industry try to split hairs and to clarify artificial intelligence and business intelligence started with the intention of creating similar intelligence in machines we find in humans it combines business analysis tools which include ad hoc analytics,enterprise business dashboards etc. So what Sajith said was not wrong

    Roy Berman Saturday, 12 October 2019 10:02 AM

    Reading the comments all I understood is, how our public react to safe guard a politician rather read/listen what holy shit that politician how big lies he show

    Dharma Dassanayake Saturday, 12 October 2019 10:30 AM

    Hi I have been in AI field since 1987 overseas. Misleading public using such fake demonstration insults the AI itself. Mr Premadasa do you know what is AI and how it predicts. Please do not fool the Sri Lankans

    Neil Saturday, 12 October 2019 10:34 AM

    This guy, Lasantha is trying cheap popularity. We all know Sajith is no IT guru. No president is jack of all trades and that's why presidents have advisors.

    Thimothy Saturday, 12 October 2019 10:36 AM

    Do a Search and see who these so called IT professionals are. This is a Cheap Politically Motivated Body of No ethics. And am not sure why DM gives preference to statements of these kind of Absolute Idiots.

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