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Neural network hardware is coming

I do not understand why AI watchers and pundits do not pay more attention to Elon Musk’s endeavour to build a special purpose neural network computer to assist the self-driving capacities of the newest Teslas. People probably do not realise how new this is: actual neural network hardware has never been build before, and now,…

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The fantasies around “basic AI drives”

Through this well written, but I think misguided article in Vox about why we have to take the dangers of AI seriously, I came across the paper of Stephen Omohundro on “basic AI drives”. This paper is also mentioned by Nick Bostrom in his book on Super-intelligence, and it has stoked some controversy. The paper basically argues…

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Wat are the origins of bias in AI systems?

In this video on the ethics of AI, professor Shannon Vallor says “Machines are not racist, machines are not sexist, machines are not ableist or classist. We are.”. And I have read similar opinions elsewher several times. The reason people claim this is that we are the ones training and deploying AIs by feeding them with…

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Can we build artificial moral agents using machine learning?

It has been suggested by several people that we can use machine learning to build artificial moral agents. In my opinion that is a mistake. This article even goes as far as to suggest that “we can train AI to identify good and evil, and then use it to teach us morality”. One example it…

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Fighting fake news using AI is very hard

Fighting fake news using AI techniques is way harder than many people (including Mark Zuckerberg) think. This article reports on some approaches and admits that the results are very poor. The problem seems to me that one aims to search for certain meta-characteristics of fake-news articles, such as (apparently) repetitive occurrences of the same words….

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AlphaGo knows how to play Go extremely well now, or does it?

The guardian reports how a new version of Alpha-Go is now definitely the best Go player in the world, and it learned how to be that in just three days by playing against itself. That is impressive, and I am sure there are a lot of applications of this machine and AI in general that…

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Yet another misguided prediction about AI

New Scientist reports on a survey held among AI researchers who, according to the magazine, predict that around 2060 AI will outperform humans on every task. Elon Musk added on twitter that he thinks this prediction is not accurate: according to him this is already going to happen around 2030/40. I do not believe in…

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Trump explained as a first generation AI-system

The New-York Times has a very nice piece on explaining Trump as a first generation, simplistic, sub-symbolic AI system. It is spot on. It explains that Trump, like the AI systems we currently have, is devoid of responsibility, ethical considerations, sociality, ideology and is only interested in winning along a certain unknown dimension of optimisation. The…

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Youtube and alternative facts

This blog is about this blog by Guillaume Chaslot. (Blogception). Chaslot is a programmer who formerly worked at both Microsoft and Google and now works for Bayes Impact, an NGO that creates open source software and algorithms for the public good. He recently wrote a recommendation explorerwhich extracts the most frequently recommended videos from Youtube…

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The limits of a neural lace

Elon Musk is a great entrepreneur, visionair and environmentalist. But that does not imply that we should take all his ideas very seriously. And now I am not even referring to his belief in the thesis that we are likely to live in the matrix. I am talking about his new company that is going to…

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