back to article You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: A quirky investigation into why AI does not always work

Everyday AI has the approximate intelligence of an earthworm, according to Janelle Shane, a research scientist at the University of Colorado but better known as an AI blogger. Since AI is both complicated and massively hyped, and therefore widely misunderstood, her new book is a useful corrective. You Look Like a Thing and I …

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  1. John Smith 19 Gold badge
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    The trouble is Artificial neural networks are very attractive.

    After humans are neural networks and we're intelligent, right?

    But human NN can evolve

    ANN's don't. Can they identify something they've already seen before? Probably (because that's what they work on, probability)

    Can they create something they have never seen before? Probably

    Is it going to be useful/attractive/pleasant/safe? F**k knows.

    My instinct is that human NN are actually the the host for evolved microcoded processes that are too dynamic for current imaging to identify. IOW ANN's are just too primitive (and because they cannot evolve will always be too primitive) to ever be anything but occasionally useful. Their danger is they look much more impressive (in carefully controlled scenarios) than they actually are.

    So just clever enough to be deployed in the real world and hence very dangerous indeed.

  2. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    Because its complexity is simpler to harness?

    Are you struggling to make machines more like humans when we should could be making humans more like machines?

  3. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    Who needs to get out more :-) or is that just for Trivial Pursuits and Spooky Actions at a Distance?

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    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      Re: Who needs to get out more for Trivial Pursuits and Spooky Actions at a Distance?

      I'm now a'wondering if one of the main criteria for the gold badging of a virtually anonymous and presumably real poster, is simple post quantity or a more complex quality ..... with an amalgam of both yet another fine root and route to take ....... for shortcuts and fast tracks.

      1. John Smith 19 Gold badge
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        @amanfromMars 1

        No, still no idea what it's talking about.

        Perhaps you should check the house rules for badges?

        1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

          Let there be Light

          No, still no idea what it's talking about.

          Perhaps you should check the house rules for badges? .... John Smith 19

          It would appear to be very much a case of what is said, understood and liked enough by both El Reg and the masses being bothered to register an upvote, John Smith 19, for El Reg qualifying thresholds for badges surely confirm it? So mere prodigious quantity bears no responsibility.

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  4. anthonyhegedus Silver badge

    There's no such thing as artificial intelligence. It's a simulation of a model of part of a model of how we think brains work, bolstered by lots and lots of statistics.

    1. Mage Silver badge
      Boffin

      Re: model of how we think brains work

      I don't think how we think real brains might work is anything to do with any computer system "Expert Systems", misnamed "Computer Neural Networks", misnamed "Machine Learning or misnamed "AI".

  5. holmegm Bronze badge

    I see

    "Simply removing gender information was insufficient as the AI used other clues to prefer male applicants – because they were preferred in the data on which it was trained."

    Does that roughly translate to "because they were more likely to have the relevant experience and qualifications"?

    1. Mage Silver badge
      Coffee/keyboard

      Re: more likely to have the relevant

      No, because the young men got past HR. In the place I worked, women and older people only were permitted to be shortlisted for Engineering posts by HR if there was a shortage of applicants. Also they didn't get promoted if they did get in.

      However there were less actual female applicants, because less females did engineering at college. Since then less are doing maths and computer science. So there are less female applicants.

      It's not about their quality. Often above average because they needed to be to get that far.

      1. Alterhase

        Re: more likely to have the relevant

        Mage wrote: Often above average because they needed to be to get that far.

        When I think of the women in computer science, I think of Ada Lovelace and all her successors, including Grace Hopper, plus the "computers" who did so much during World War II and the space programs.

        One of the most intelligent managers that I had the opportunity to work for was a woman.....

        -- And why is there only one woman among the 30 icons offered to commenters, and why is that one woman Paris Hilton?

        1. holmegm Bronze badge

          Re: more likely to have the relevant

          "One of the most intelligent managers that I had the opportunity to work for was a woman....."

          I have had (and currently have) wonderful women managers. I have had few woman programmer colleagues.

  6. Adelio

    AI (Not inteligent)

    All this talk about AI seems to be misleading. What wer are currently talking about at best is pattern matching. there is no inteigences with the current AI.

    I think to say that the current AI are as smart as an earth worm is to denigrate earth worms.

    We should STOP using the term AI for something as simplistic as what we can currently do.

    ML or PM (Pattern matching) maybe but NOT AI.

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