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Has artificial intelligence become alchemy?

Mathew Hutson describes Ali Rahimi’s critique of current artificial intelligence (AI) learning algorithms at a recent AI meeting: Rahimi charged that machine learning algorithms, in which computers learn through trial and error, have become a form of “alchemy.” Researchers, he said, do not know why some algorithms work and others don’t, nor do they have rigorous criteria for choosing one AI architecture over another…Without deep understanding of the basic tools needed to build and train new algorithms, he says, researchers creating AIs resort to hearsay, like medieval alchemists. “People gravitate around cargo-cult practices,” relying on “folklore and magic spells,” adds François Chollet, a computer scientist at Google in Mountain View, California.

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2018-05-18T03:42:25+00:00May 18th, 2018|0 Comments

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