[ by Charles Cameron — artificial intelligence at the intersection of religion and politics ]
Our own J Scott Shipman posted what I term a DoubleQuote on Facebook this morning, offering a juxtaposition of politician Hillary Clinton and preacher Benny Hinn:
I’ve enlarged it and cropped it lengthwise to give you a proper appreciation of the comparison.
Okay, I thought, Scott’s doing an informal DoubleQuote, let me see if I can find the two images and rework them into one of my regular DoubleQuote formats. Only it wasn’t that easy. The only versions of the Hinn photo I could find were too small for my format, and the Hillary image wasn’t a photo but a screencap from a video — I could find a similar screencap from another TV channel, but not the exact one Scott had found.
As you’ve seen above, I finally settled for cropping and enlarging the image Scott had provided — but along the way I ran across another instance of the intelligence of artifice — in this case, Google Image Search’s recognition technology:
Ah — but spokesperson for what or whom?
I’m relieved to say that while Google is in general a brilliant, cutting-edge, genius of a search engine, it’s clearly not following the current Presidential race with any enthusiasm.
You see that lady? She’s one of the candidates, and she was on several TV channels and online streaming sites just last night.
There’s another candidate, who probably looks pretty much the same to you:
I don’t think my telling you all this will make you more artificially intelligent — but it might make you a little better informed about current affairs.