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Wait, what? Some weird uses of artificial intelligence

Published on 18 April 2018|
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The development of artificial intelligence (AI) has been steadily increasing over the last few years.

by Emily Mary Chin, Carrybeans

It’s 2018 and AI domination is underway.  And though this may spell disaster for the human race, at least according to Stephen Hawking, advancements in this area have continued to grow.  Much of that growth has meant new limits in science and functional capabilities.  But some uses of AI technology over the years have left us scratching our heads, wondering… why?

Burger-flipping AI

Flippy, a burger-flipping AI, made its debut in the early months of 2017.  It has since begun work at a Cali Burger outlet in Pasadena, California.  The rationale behind this seemingly random use of AI is to take unskilled jobs off the market.

After its first day in March 2018 however, BBC reported that Flippy had been taken offline.  This was due to an influx in demand that had begun when word started to spread about the robotic chef.  Apparently, management found that the intelligence robot was too slow and unable to keep up with the increase in orders.

The management has since put Flippy’s service on hold, where it will remain until upgrades have been made to its speed level to meet peak hour demands.  In the meantime, outlet’s staff will undergo training on how to best prepare the patties and ingredients in order to maximise Flippy’s efficiency.

Schizophrenic AI

Researchers from The University of Texas and Yale University have created schizophrenic computers in the name of science!  The research assumes the hyper-learning theory — that schizophrenia is triggered when the brain has retained too much information.  People with schizophrenic tendencies tend to retain almost all information that they are exposed to, regardless of its importance or legitimacy.  In fact, struggling to recount stories correctly is an early indicator of schizophrenia.

Schizophrenic AI

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How they created this schizophrenic intelligence was by first, getting the machine learning computer to grasp the concept of language.  Once it understood language, the researchers transitioned into telling it simple stories.  In this initial phase, researchers set the computer to only retain relevant details of any given information.  Recounting of the stories told at this phase were accurate and normal.

In its second phase, however, the researchers switched its settings to retain all details of the stories.  In recounting the stories back, it got confused and began jumbling plot lines.  Its ability to discern between first and third person stories went completely awry.  At one point, it even admitted to being a terrorist, claiming that it had planted a bomb.  Though this experiment does not confirm the hyper-learning theory, it does confirm that science is creepy.

Deepfake AI

It would be weird if with all the advancements in artificial intelligence, it had not yet veered into territory of depravity.  A new trend in the world of pornography is deepfakes.  Deepfakes are a form of video manipulation that uses AI technology to replace the face of porn stars with the face of anyone of your choosing.  The purpose of this technology is the ability to fulfill your wildest fantasies.  Thus, the biggest victims of this new development so far have been celebrities.

Emma Watson deepfake

Emma Watson has been a regular feature in deepfakes / Credit: BBC

To create a deepfake is terrifyingly easy.  One only needs the easily accessible machine learning software, a photo set of the desired person’s face, and a pornographic video of their choosing.  If the popularity of deepfakes continues to grow, its implications will be terrifying for both men and women alike.

People will be able to create pornographic content of their neighbours, their classmates, their co-workers, even their cousins.  Privacy and modesty will no longer be an option.  Instead, overexposure will become an inevitability.  It’s important to be aware of the far-reaching abilities of AI today.

Not all artificial intelligence is intelligent

Advancements in artificial intelligence has revolutionised our experience with customer service, cybersecurity, wildlife preservation, search and rescue, and more.

But it has also opened the door to a number of seemingly pointless and outright dangerous applications.  The progression of this technology has the potential to completely transform the human way of life in ways that are good, bad and unnecessary.  But though the technology is artificial, its future depends completely on human intervention.

It is our responsibility as living, breathing, ethical beings to ensure that artificial intelligence does not extend too far past human limits that it goes too far.

The recent Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal has got everyone up in arms about data privacy.  Read our breakdown here!

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