AI MUST READS — W43 2018, by City AI

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and related fields are in a constant state of change. We want to inform but also encourage discussions on well presented topics we think are necessary in the context of putting AI into production. Every week we’re picking applied AI’s best articles plus adding a discussion starter

Joe Lord
Joe Lord
Nov 21, 2018 · 3 min read

1. Microsoft’s president says we need to regulate facial recognition tech before ‘the year 2024 looks like the book “1984”’

Author — Kurt Wagner (Follow on Twitter) via Recode

Similar to any number of the current artificial intelligence technologies, facial recognition is just another of the applications that is currently under close scrutiny because of current applications and the realisation that the potential future ramifications with personal data as the technoology devlops could cause unstable change on a societal level. Personal data is again at the heart of the issue.

“It potentially means every time you walk into a store, a retailer knows when you were in there last, what good you picked out, what you purchased… I think even that frankly pales in comparison to what it could do to relationships between individuals and the state.”

At this point, facial recognition is more the wheelhouse of companies like Facebook and Google, however as the technology develops, the prices drop and the availability becomes more public. Public availability also means that personal data becomes more publicly available, what would be to stop these “camera owners” from selling this data that they suddenly have access too?

2. ‘AI is very, very stupid,’ says Google’s AI leader, at least compared to humans

Author — Stephen Shankland (Follow on Twitter) via CNET

In this weekly must-reads its probably apparent to most of you that I lean more towards selecting articles of an easier to digest nature rather than those that could be considered “academic”, such as research papers and the like (Although, never say never). My reasoning behind this is that, personally, I still feel that one of the largest problems facing A.I. is still public opinion and misconceptions about what Artificial Intelligence actually means and its current limitations. So a focus on easier to digest articles, especially those that focus on an honesty towards the current stage can only be beneficial.

Noting that, lets be clear, it seems as though whether intentionally or not this quote has been taken out of context — to be clear, the point he’s making is that A.I is limited in the range of things that it can accomplish but these that it can accomplish means it could be considered “smart” at doing.

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Innovation Coordinator at Digital Catapult and Intern at City.AI curating weekly ‘ AI Must Reads’.

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