“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.


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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