The Dark Secret at the Heart of Artificial Intelligence

The Dark Secret at the Heart of Artificial Intelligence
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Underlying artificial-intelligence technology, known as "deep learning," is a powerful tool that allows AI machines to create and use self-taught algorithms. But as the technology advances, we might soon cross some threshold beyond which using AI requires a leap of faith.

From Business Insider:

Already, mathematical models are being used to help determine who makes parole, who's approved for a loan, and who gets hired for a job. If you could get access to these mathematical models, it would be possible to understand their reasoning. ...  There's already an argument that being able to interrogate an AI system about how it reached its conclusions is a fundamental legal right. Starting in the summer of 2018, the European Union may require that companies be able to give users an explanation for decisions that automated systems reach. This might be impossible, even for systems that seem relatively simple on the surface, such as the apps and websites that use deep learning to serve ads or recommend songs. The computers that run those services have programmed themselves, and they have done it in ways we cannot understand. Even the engineers who build these apps cannot fully explain their behavior.

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