The year of the objective function

Alistair Croll
Mar 1, 2018 · 7 min read

Every AI has a goal

Finding clusters in data. By Chire (Own work) at
Alphazero beat every other piece of chess software by playing games, seeing who won, and ruthlessly culling the losers over and over again. Also no fun at parties. (Photo by Luiz Hanfilaque on Unsplash)
What happens when two algorithms fight about art.

Objective functions are all around us

We have a way to talk about them

The Trolley Problem is a classic example of an ethical dilemma with which machines will have to contend.

We’re plastic

What’s a better word for “secretly evil goal”?

Alistair Croll

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Writer, speaker, accelerant. Intersection of tech & society. Strata, Startupfest, Bitnorth, FWD50. Lean Analytics, Tilt the Windmill, HBS, Just Evil Enough.

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