Recipes for success (or not)

“The AI revolution will be led by toasters, not droids” (from Aeon Magazine)

This article talks about how we may expect AI to become “wonder boxes” in part because of the movies we see (think C-3PO in Star Wars or any of these). But at this stage, we shouldn’t expect too much. If the technolgoy is used for more specific purposes and skills, it’s much more successful.

There’s a funny, if a bit scary, algorithmically generated photo, and an equally funny (and scary) recipe generated by looking at 30,000 recipes of all different kinds. The result is … head-scratching:

The last part says “Bake at 350F for 2 to 1 hour.” Okay…

When the algorithm was created to look at only recipes of cakes, it did much better, though it’s still a recipe for something inedible.

The article goes on to explain that ANI (artificial restricted intelligence) — focusing on specific, narrower functions, is working well.

 

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3rd generation bots will need therapy

This funny video imagines a future where A.I. robots are so human-like that they feel anxiety and need to go to therapy. Their “parents'” generation cured cancer and refroze the arctic. But this generation of bots suffers from growing up with too much privelege: they’re wealthy and educated but bored.

“Without any real purpose, they’ve gravitated towards fields like art and … deejaying.”

Pause the video at 1’30 and you can see the titles of the books, like “100 Years of Brexit Negotiations” and “The Rise and Rise of Lindsay Lohan”.

The “i” in AI

This is an article from Aeon Magazine about what “intelligence” means when it comes to robots. They need to be able to have emotions to have true “intelligence”, the author argues.

You can listen to the article being read (by a human). It’s about 6:30 in length (1000 words).

 

One line I liked:

“… perception is not a passive process that merely reflects the external world. Rather, it involves picking up on the significance of objects, and determines how they are processed. Vision is never neutral, it is always laden with affective meaning.”