Missed this really good piece on artificial intelligence by Yonatan Zunger. Long and well-worth the read.

Missed this really good piece on artificial intelligence by Yonatan Zunger. Long and well-worth the read.

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Missed this really good piece on artificial intelligence by Yonatan Zunger. Long and well-worth the read.

These are rarely new problems; rather, the formal process of explaining our desires to a computer — the ultimate case of someone with no cultural context or ability to infer what we don’t say — forces us to be explicit in ways we generally aren’t used to. Whether this involves making a life-or-death decision years ahead of time, rather than delaying it until the heat of the moment, or whether it involves taking a long, hard look at the way our society actually is, and being very explicit about which parts of that we want to keep and which parts we want to change, AI pushes us outside of our comfort zone of polite fictions and into a world where we have to discuss things very explicitly.

HT John Verdon

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Good read…

https://medium.com/@yonatanzunger/asking-the-right-questions-about-ai-7ed2d9820c48

5 comments

  1. “If we expect ML systems to provide actual explanations for their decisions, we will have as much trouble as if we asked humans to explain the actual basis for their own decisions: they don’t know any more than we do.”

    That is the crucial point. Intelligence is about making good decisions, not explaining them. Explanations are always post-hoc and mostly wrong.

  2. Bernard Vatant, yes, that is one of the things that brain science is showing us these days.

  3. It has always been true

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