Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Artificial intelligence is seeping into every nook and cranny of modern life. AI might tag your friends in photos on Facebook or choose what you see on Instagram, but materials scientists and NASA researchersare also beginning to use the technology for scientific discovery and space exploration.
But there’s a core problem with this technology, whether it’s being used in social media or for the Mars rover: The programmers that built it don’t know why AI makes one decision over another.
Modern artificial intelligence is still new. Big tech companies have only ramped up investment and research in the last five years, after a decades-old theory was shown to finally work in 2012. Inspired by the human brain, an artificial neural network relied on layers of thousands to millions of tiny connections between “neurons” or little clusters of mathematic computation, like the connections of neurons in the brain. But that software architecture came with a trade-off: Since the changes throughout those millions of connections were so complex and minute, researchers aren’t able to exactly determine what is happening. They just get an output that works.
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Former Facebook executive, who has banned his own children from the site, says social media is ripping society apart
A former Facebook executive has spoken out against the social network he helped to create, saying it is 'ripping society apart'.
The comments were made by Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth.
He says he feels 'tremendous guilt' for the influence Facebook has had and its ability to manipulate users, suggesting users take a break from using social media altogether.
The venture capitalist, who has banned his own three young children from the site, took particular aim at the ways people communicate via social media, including hearts, likes, and the thumbs-up.
A former Facebook executive has spoken out against the social network he helped to create, saying it is 'ripping society apart'. The comments were made by Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth
Mr Palihapitiya believes this has the power to boost the spread of misinformation and allow people with nefarious intentions to manipulate users.
He cited an incident in India where hoax messages about kidnappings shared on WhatsApp led to the lynching of seven innocent people, according to reports in The Verge.
During his talk, Mr Palihapitiya called out not only Facebook, but Silicon Valley’s entire system of funding.
He claimed money pumped into the region would be better spent addressing problems like climate change and disease.
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