Weekend Thoughts - 3.10.18

Image  by  strecosa , courtesy of  Creative Commons  licensing.

Image by strecosa, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Happy Saturday y'all! Below, I have rounded up some things for you to think about this weekend:

1. Tech companies are trying to develop machine learning and artificial intelligence into consumable products but have started to run into quite an interesting problem. Similar to a human being who has imbibed a psychedelic substance, machines are prone to hallucinations. All it takes is for a subtle change to images, text, or audio to fool a system into thinking that something is in front of them when it really isn't. This is both a difficult problem to solve and an extremely important one. Consider what would happen if an autonomous vehicle started machine-tripping and wasn't able to see stop signs or pedestrians, for example. Hallucinating artificial intelligence is a problem that will absolutely need to be solved before we can place our trust in these conscious machines.

That's all for this week's edition of Weekend Thoughts. Until next week, keep thinking wilder.