Reinforcement

You can bring bullet trains from Japan, but not Artificial Intelligence

Two ministries want to ride the AI wave. Do we know how much data are we individually fuelling into it? Algorithms read, use, and most alarmingly, assess our levels of stupidity (and vulnerability). Especially on apps like WhatsApp

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No books, no human intervention, no training data and yet it learns, from first principles. Google-owned DeepMind showed last week that its artificial intelligence (AI) programme Alpha Go Zero was able to learn what knowledge was from itself. That’s spooky. Comparisons of AI to the invention of the steam engine or printing press for impact on humans now seem understated.

Even though a lot of AI expertise resides in the top 10-12 tech companies, governments are waking up to it as if it were an arms race. It may well be. In mid-October, the United…

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