Ep. 89: What Does AI O U?
Thanks to advanced neural networks, you can put Donald Trump's face onto David Duke's body in a video and not be able to tell the difference (okay, bad example for numerous reasons). While most people are currently using this technology to very convincingly alter pornographic movies to feature the faces of famous people, the capacity to do so calls into question a larger question of trust in the world around us. You or someone you know has probably received emails with doctored photos--and you may have even been duped on more than one occasion. But the same neural networks that empower such tools that call into question the world around us are increasingly being used to govern the world around us.
Various forms of artificial intelligence impact an ever-widening host of social decisions. Who gets a loan? Who gets denied home insurance? Who gets paroled from prison? But by and large, the reasons why a given choice is made by an AI is unknown. Neural networks get exponentially more complicated the larger they get to the point that even the programmers behind it can't really understand the outputs of such systems. How do you feel about a world that is "optimized" for efficiency--and maybe even produces good results--but that is completely indecipherable to you? That's the subject of this week's episode!
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"Don't make AI artificially stupid in the name of transparency." Wired. https://www.wired.com/story/dont-make-ai-artificially-stupid-in-the-name-of-transparency/
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