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Sunday surprise, from dogs & muffins to Stop! & 45mph limit

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

[ by Charles Cameron — better eat a muffin than a dog, stop at a stop sign than blow through it at 45, oh well ]
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It’s cute, sorta, that AIs can’t easily distinguish dogs from muffins:

But STOP!

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What’s not so funny is that the AI in many autonomous vehicles misreads a treated STOP sign —

— as a sign for a 45 mph speed limit. As Ivan Evtimov and colleagues indicate in Robust Physical-World Attacks on Machine Learning Models, “Physically realizing such an attack for road signs can raise concern in human observers.”

I’ll say.

Grab the wheel, conscious entity!

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Readings:

  • Becoming Human: AI, Why are Marketers All Talking about AI Now?
  • Wired, Simple Pictures that State-of-the-Art AI Still Can’t Recognize
  • Car & Driver, Researchers Find a Malicious Way to Meddle with Autonomous Cars
  • Arxiv, Robust Physical-World Attacks on Machine Learning Models
  • Premasticated, predigested

    Thursday, March 31st, 2016

    [ by Charles Cameron — executive summaries — aren’t they just babyfood for thought? ]
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    I have nothing against Alicia Silverstone, that’s the first thing:

    tablet dq premasticated

    What interests me more, though, is the necessity for executives to be fed (readers?) digests on matters of national security.

    If I recall correctly, Jerome Ravetz once made the point that the chief executive charged with the oversight of dozens of nuclear power plants may well have to make multi-million dollar decisions very rapidly, after brief briefings, and with full confidence that his orders will be obeyed without question.. which is not a situation that encourages nuanced discussion.

    Brevity may be the soul of executive decision-making, I can see that. I don’t have to like it.

    Hipbone’s Believe it or Not

    Friday, January 8th, 2016

    [ by Charles Cameron — how quickly language changes — with a Swiftian nibble chaser]
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    From the story update to a 2013 CSM piece, upper panel — oh! how true of so much in the modern mainstream media — with my more succinct 2016 phrasing below:

    SPEC DQ clickbait

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    It’s good to know the editors at CSM are protecting their readers from a too-literal — perhaps one might say, fundamentalist — reading of their text.

    The headline of the story in question reads:

    Why do people want to eat babies? Scientists explain.

    The subhead:

    Admit it: When presented with a baby, you’ve experienced a fleeting desire to eat it. Now science has an explanation.

    And better yet, the lead — some would say, lede:

    If you’re like most normal people, you’ve briefly considered eating a baby or two.

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    Jonathan Swift might have thought the editors too politcally correct for the necessities of the day, noting —

    A young healthy child well nursed, is, at a year old, a most delicious nourishing and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee, or a ragout.


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