I recently downloaded an AI (artificial intelligence) program to understand my likes so that it could send me the right recommendations. “I love to eat spicy Hainanese chicken rice, fishball mee, and char kway teow. I love to read technical and medical fiction. I love to visit the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum. I like sci-fi and biographical movies.”

I then queried the algorithm to check which words or phrases it did not understand. The program processed the pointers, digested the data, and reverted with a single query: “What is love?”

If that makes some of us smile, it may also make some of us sneer. That is the paradox of AI — there are as many people who “love” it as there are ones who do not.

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