Oct 28, 2020

6 Posts

Halloween Special! Skeletons in the AI Closet including Bias, Disinformation, Rivalries, Power-Hungry Models, Black
Oct 28, 2020

Halloween Special! Skeletons in the AI Closet including Bias, Disinformation, Rivalries, Power-Hungry Models, Black

Welcome to this special Halloween issue of The Batch! In AI, we use many challenging technical terms. To help you keep things straight, I would like to offer some definitions that I definitely would not use.
9 min read
Illustration of Frankenstein painting a billboard with the text "Bunnies are the real monsters"
Oct 28, 2020

AI Spreads Disinformation

Will AI promote lies that deepen social divisions? Propagandists will bait online recommendation algorithms with sensationalized falsehoods. People who snap at the clickbait will be reeled into opposing ideological silos.
2 min read
Illustration of two witches with half a pumpkin each and the moon behind them
Oct 28, 2020

The AI Community Splinters

Will international rivalries fragment international cooperation in machine learning? Countries competing for AI dominance will lash out at competitors.
2 min read
Illustration of a neighborhood haunted by an evil pumpkin and a black cat
Oct 28, 2020

Giant Models Bankrupt Research

What if AI requires so much computation that it becomes unaffordable?The fear: Training ever more capable models will become too pricey for all but the richest corporations and government agencies. Rising costs will
2 min read
Doctor holding candy and kid dressed as a ghost on a wheighing scale
Oct 28, 2020

Unfair Outcomes Destroy Trust

Will AI that discriminates based on race, gender, or economic status undermine the public’s confidence in the technology? Seduced by the promise of cost savings and data-driven decision making, organizations will deploy biased systems that end up doing real-world damage.
1 min read
The Black Box Has Dark Corners
Oct 28, 2020

The Black Box Has Dark Corners

Will we ever understand what goes on inside the mind of a neural network?The fear: When AI systems go wrong, no one will be able to explain the reasoning behind their decisions. Imperceptible changes to a model’s input
2 min read

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