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No, Machine Learning Does Not Make Understanding Obsolete

Posted by Robert Osazuwa Ness on Apr 26, 2019 12:16:31 PM

Handing off decision-making to predictive AI would be catastrophic

You may have caught the following article trending on Medium recently:


The fact that this article is trending is a bad thing. It is a sign that we are inching closer to another AI winter.

The author David Weinberger’s central thesis is:

  • Humans endeavor to gain an understanding of complex systems. However, the predictions we make based on “human understanding” is not as accurate as those of AI, which don’t truly understand anything.
  • However, AI’s predictions are more accurate than predictions based on human understanding.
  • Therefore, we should abandon our pursuit of understanding, and focus on building the AI that can make the decisions for us.
  • Handing over the reigns to predictive AI will usher in the next stage of human evolution.

The fourth point seems like more of a conceit for a transhumanist sci-fi novel than an argument and Weinberger doesn’t provide support for it, so I focus here on deconstructing the first three points.

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Topics: AI, machine learning

Natural Language Understanding, AI, and Machine Learning

Posted by Gretchen Holquist on Mar 13, 2019 6:45:00 AM

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning applications, particularly those performing Natural Language Understanding (NLU) are becoming a part of our everyday lives. As consumers we see them in products such as digital assistants from Amazon, Google, and Apple, sales and customer service chatbots, and of course our mobile phones.

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Topics: AI, machine learning

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