“Skynet” Awaits

MoMo having fun on a winter’s day…..

I have been the one that has been writing about the different trends in the field …..and yes I am one, I guess because I am old, that does not see a bright future with the AI project.

And then I read another story that did nothing but reinforce my fear of the coming revolution in AI.

Depending on how paranoid you are, this research from Stanford and Google will be either terrifying or fascinating. A machine learning agent intended to transform aerial images into street maps and back was found to be cheating by hiding information it would need later in “a nearly imperceptible, high-frequency signal.” Clever girl!

But in fact this occurrence, far from illustrating some kind of malign intelligence inherent to AI, simply reveals a problem with computers that has existed since they were invented: they do exactly what you tell them to do.

The intention of the researchers was, as you might guess, to accelerate and improve the process of turning satellite imagery into Google’s famously accurate maps. To that end the team was working with what’s called a CycleGAN — a neural network that learns to transform images of type X and Y into one another, as efficiently yet accurately as possible, through a great deal of experimentation.

https://techcrunch.com/2018/12/31/this-clever-ai-hid-data-from-its-creators-to-cheat-at-its-appointed-task/

Yes, I know….but it all reminds me of “Skynet”….I think we should be very careful with the technology that we are embracing….as they say….”there is no going back”.

Time for some cheese, fruit and nuts and a very nice Spanish white wine…..it is cloudy and cool today…perfect weather for streaming something on the Tube……

Enjoy your day….be well, be safe……chuq

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But It’s Stuck!

Maybe pun intended….not sure……

The first weekend of the new year and the issue of  medical one……I try to be informative if not entertaining…..

The TV show “Scrubs” had an excellent and very funny episode about some guy that comes to the ER with an unusual problem….there seems to be a light bulb stuck in his colon.  (The best part of the episode was when the doctors were looking at the x-ray and one said we either have a real problem or his colon has the helluva idea)

What got me thinking of that episode was an article I read about what we Americans have gotten stuck up our butts in the last year……I am serious!

It’s here! It’s finally here! Every year it seems like the big day will never come, but it’s here. It’s the day to gather with your family and friends ‘round the hearth, warm beverages and sweet treats at the ready, and have a hearty chortle over the things America stuck inside itself and couldn’t remove without the help of trained medical personnel.

All reports are taken from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s database of emergency room visits, all descriptions are verbatim, and none of those things belong in there.

As always, objects are sorted by orifice, working south:

Ear

  • NECKLACE
  • “PLACED CRAYON IN EAR ON A DARE”
  • “WAS BORED AT SCHOOL, PUT PART OF A PEN IN EAR”
  • DRAIN PLUG
  • MATCH
  • END OF A COMB
  • “ALWAYS PUTS TOILET PAPER IN EAR WHEN SHOWERING. CAN’T REMOVE”

…and the list goes on…

https://adequateman.deadspin.com/what-did-we-get-stuck-in-our-rectums-last-year-1831046610

I am always amazed on just how stupid we humans can be…….and getting stuff stuck somewhere in our bodies is the height of stupid.

That does it for me today…..a nice white Bordeaux is in order…..Brie, nuts and bread…..

Enjoy your day…..I shall….chuq