7:07 A.M. Who’s keepin’ an eye on the machines ? …

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Despite how wonderful computers are as a ‘ tool ‘ to increase human efficiency … Judging by the myriad of continuous screw ups … Especially from Mricrosoft’s Windows !!! … The following excerpt sheds light on a very dangerous direction chosen by computer geeks that are of a generation that don’t understand how to live without their digital assistant doing the majority of their toil …

Last month , AlphaGo , a computer program specially designed to play the game go , caused shock waves among aficionados when it defeated Lee Sidol , one of the world’s top-ranked professional players , winning a five-game tournament by a score of 4-1 … Why , you may ask , is that news ?… Twenty years have passed since the IBM computer Deep Blue defeated world chess champion Garry Kasparov , and we all know computers have improved since then … But Deep Blue won through sheer computing power , using its ability to calculate the outcomes of more moves to a deeper level than even a world champion can …

Go is played on a far larger board ( 19 by 19 squares, compared to eight by eight for chess ) and has more possible moves than there are atoms in the universe , so raw computing power was unlikely to beat a human with a strong intuitive sense of the best moves … Instead , AlphaGo was designed to win by playing a huge number of games against other programs and adopting the strategies that proved successful . You could say that AlphaGo evolved to be the best go player in the world , achieving in only two years what natural selection took millions of years to accomplish …

Eric Schmidt , executive chairman of Google’s parent company , the owner of AlphaGo , is enthusiastic about what artificial intelligence means for humanity … Speaking before the match between Lee and AlphaGo , he said that humanity would be the winner , whatever the outcome , because advances in AI will make every human being smarter, more capable and ‘ just better human beings ‘ … Will it ?…

Around the same time as AlphaGo’s triumph , Microsoft’s ‘ chatbot ‘ … Software named Taylor that was designed to respond to messages from people aged 18 to 24 … Was having a chastening experience … Tay , as she called herself , was supposed to be able to learn from the messages she received and gradually improve her ability to conduct engaging conversations … Unfortunately , within 24 hours , people were teaching Tay racist and sexist ideas … When she starting saying positive things about Hitler , Microsoft turned her off and deleted her most offensive messages …

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Click the link for the rest of an eye opening read …

Source: Time to teach ethics to artificial intelligence | The Japan Times

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