A friend asked me recently if he should get into blogging, I told him “yes!”, because I think it’ll help him hone a writing style and to get comfortable being exposed in social media and the pluses and minuses that come with blogging.
So he asked what he should blog about, he’s a geek so I looked at recent news events to see if anything popped and sure enough it did.
What’s going on with Artificial Intelligence today? In the last few weeks there’s been lots of news about AI, surely it’s a new enough field that it’s worth hosting a blog dedicated to just this topic, right?
Here’s a couple of interesting things I’ve seen recently on AI…
Less than a day after she joined Twitter, Microsoft’s AI bot, Tay.ai, was taken down for becoming a sexist, racist monster. AI experts explained that it went terribly wrong because she was just mimicking the horrible things people were saying to her, no different than a parrot learning some bad words.
She was developed to act as a teenage girl, but after less than a day on Twitter, Microsoft’s chatbot—an AI system called “Tay.ai”—unexpectedly turned into a Hitler-loving, feminist-bashing troll. So what went wrong? TechRepublic turns to the AI experts for insight into what happened and how we can learn from it.
When Tay started training on patterns that were input by trolls online, it started using those patterns. Oops, time to make some tweaks and maybe socialize her a little so she recognizes these situations.
Frankly, my favorite AI has to be Cortana, well maybe she’s not AI but rather a personal assistant.
Google DeepMind project is based on technologies from a British AI company that Google bought a few years ago. It’s a neural network that learns how to play games in a way that is similar to that of humans. It also mimics the short term memory of the human brain.
DeepMind made headlines recently after Google’s AlphaGo algorithm, based on DeepMind, beat world champion Lee Se-do in a series of Go matches. If there’s an end game for DeepMind, it’s not winning games, it’s solving intelligence and using it to help society solve some of the biggest problems humanity faces today. But even Google’s DeepMind scientists say that Human-level artificial intelligence has a long way to go.
This week we also learned that Deepmind is tasking a machine learning system with creating cards for Hearthstone and Magic: The Gathering, as part of research into language generation.
As you can see there’s some very cool things going on in AI you might consider getting into the scene at the ground floor and blogging about it, or creating a website about Artificial Intelligence. If you do, I recommend you start with website builder reviews to get your start.
AI is such a great topic to blog and discuss, not just from the cool advancements being made but from the doomsday scenarios being posed by some of the biggest influencers in science and computer science today.
Lately scientists are now publicly discussing the downside to AI in the future, including the end of mankind because of it. Here’s a few examples – renowned physicist Stephen Hawking fears that AI could result in the end of the human race.”
And Bill Gates says he doesn’t ” understand why some people are not concerned” that an artificial super-intelligence by mid-century might save (or destroy) human civilization. Elon Musk also fears that we are heading blindly down a path we don’t understand in our effort to develop super-smart AI: “”We need to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes.”