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CrashCourse AI episode 14

Posted on: November 18, 2019


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This week’s episode countered the mainstream and entertainment media message that artificial intelligence (AI) will take over all our jobs and eventually us as well. It focused on how humans and AI can collaborate and complement one another.

AI is quick, consistent, and tireless. But it is poor with insight, creativity, and nuance, traits that we possess despite ourselves. The narrator related an example of how chess players worked with AI to beat human chess masters or AI-only opponents.

Beyond chess, the narrator suggested that AI could help with medical diagnoses. It can focus on rote tasks and processing large amounts of information and combine its findings with a doctor’s experience and knowledge of a patient.

In engineering, AI could suggest basic designs of structures based on existing rules while humans might consider the practicality of those designs in context. In human development, AI could artificially give us more strength, endurance, or precision, e.g., robot exoskeletons, remote surgery.

As much as AI helps us, we also help AI. We provide data for AI every time we contribute of any online database. When AI spits results out based on algorithms, it often shows us the products but not the processes; humans can provide insights into those processes or fine-tune them.

AI has no moral value systems. That is a human thing. But so is bias, which happens to be the focus of the next episode.

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