Dewey defeats Truman

Trump Wins!’ Or AI May Have Just Had It’s Dewey Moment
Oct 29, 2016

… the digital age version of the Chicago Daily Tribune’s notorious “Dewey Defeats Truman” headline “reporting” the outcome of the 1948 presidential election.

What happened? Basically, the people sampled in the polls were not representative of the American voting public. Why not? Two factors are usually pointed out as the source of the problem. First, some of the polling data were gathered by phone and in 1948 phones were more likely to owned by …


Now Algorithms Are Deciding Whom To Hire, Based On Voice

Now Algorithms Are Deciding Whom To Hire, Based On Voice
March 23, 2015

in every version, Al Pacino’s voice has a biological, inescapable fact.

“His tone of voice generates engagement, emotional engagement with audiences,” says Luis Salazar, CEO of Jobaline. “It doesn’t matter if you’re screaming or not. That voice is engaging for the average American.”


Robots: cognitive abilities of a two-year old child

Robots, Hungry for Power, Are Too Weak to Take Over the World
May 13, 2015

Today’s robots may just be too hungry and unfit to take over the world any time soon.

“Even the best [batteries] are roughly 10 times less energy dense than the sugar and fat [humans eat]”

Worse, the robots ungainly movements consume a lot of energy.
“Robots are also much less efficient than animals,” said Dr. Pratt, using as much as 100 times more energy to complete the same task. “You should expect to see a lot of robots fall down,” he added.

Todd Danko, a Lockheed Martin Corp. robotics scientist, said today’s machines still only have the cognitive abilities of a two-year old child.

“One of the side effects of the contest will be to help society understand what the state of the art is,” said Dr. Pratt, noting that technology developed for the contest will be dual-use, with potential applications in defense and health care as well as disaster relief.


Stephen Hawking: AI Could End Humanity

Stephen Hawking Warns Artificial Intelligence Could End Humanity
May 14, 2015

“Computers will overtake humans with AI [artificial intelligence] at some point within the next 100 years,” Stephen Hawking, the renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist, said on Tuesday at the Zeitgeist 2015 conference in London. “When that happens, we need to make sure the computers have goals aligned with ours.”

AI refers to the intelligence of computer systems, allowing them to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence. Apple’s Siri and self-driving cars are current examples.

May 12, 2015