back to article Warnings over emotional AIs, OpenAI explains how it became video-game king, plus ML climate impact probe

It's nearly the end of the year, and if you're not bored of AI yet, here's more bits and bytes for you to consume. How fair is your model? Check with TensorFlow: Folks over at Google have released Fairness Indicators, a range of tools to help developers calculate how fair a classifier model is. The software looks for things …

  1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "probably racked up tens of millions of dollars in computing costs"

    I'm guessing that they used cloud compute - it's not specified clearly int he article (or I missed where it was). If compute intensity is that high, wouldn't it be better to buy the equipment and use that ? If you have tens of millions in cost of execution, surely it cannot be worse to buy your own and then just pay the electricity ?

    1. spold Silver badge

      Re: "probably racked up tens of millions of dollars in computing costs"


      When successfully scaled up, modern reinforcement learning techniques can achieve superhuman performance in competitive esports games


      Cheaper to just put a millenial in a steel box and just zap it with a cattleprod if they lose.

      Might even appear to be artificially intelligent eventually.

  2. ThatOne Silver badge

    Computer says I'm right, you're wrong

    > nor are we doomed to a dystopic future. The implications of AI will be determined by us

    ... which means it will be a dys-dys-dystopian future... AI is a tool with lots of real (and even more assumed) uses, which will just thrive and blossom in the hands of all the sociopaths out there. Cunningly and badly applied in all the wrong places, it will help to greatly increase human suffering, squalor and repression. It will be so much easier to make errors henceforth any idiot can have his delusions backed up by a custom-made biased AI, assumed infallible.

    If you doubt, just think of all the cases where AI bias is not a problem but a highly desired feature: Disadvantage unwanted minorities or political adversaries, rationalize in-group bias, help cronyism and xenophobia, to name just a few. (And don't think nobody has noticed those potential uses.)

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    From the first sentence of the article " bored of AI yet".

    It's bored WITH AI yet.

    1. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

      While it's true that "bored with" has historically been by far the more common usage, at least in print, "bored of" is rapidly gaining in popularity, having already displaced the historically common "bored by".

      More importantly, there is no substantive argument for preferring one preposition over another in this context. It's purely a matter of conventional usage and subjective opinion.

      And I dare say most of us are tired of self-important usage prescriptivists posting anonymous, unsupported hypercorrections in the comments. They're boring. You're boring.

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