AI in 2017

I am considering focusing my English 115 this year on issues having to do with artificial intelligence, especially in relationship to human intelligence. A couple of recent news stories suggest that it’s a topic worth considering with my students:

  • In Digital Journal, James Walker reports that Facebook “Researchers shut down AI that invented its own language.” While it is true that the two AIs involved, Bob and Alice, appeared to have deviated from standard English, it isn’t necessarily the case that the language at which they arrived was “most efficient solution”. It was simply one solution given the inputs. Other inputs might have resulted in a different “speaking in code.”
  • Some of the work is actually available from Facebook’s Code site: “Deal or no deal? Training AI bots to negotiate”.

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