Re: Things that make you go "Hmmmmmmm".
> So what was the "expert" that got it 100% correct that human and machine were judged against?
> The authors warned "it has to be the job of the ichnologist"
It's right there, but let's rephrase so it's clearer: "it has to be the job of the ichnologist *and not the computer scientist or their fancypants script they threw together after lunch*".
I mean, they can't even make an ML algorithm that could replace a Starbuck'ses menu interpreter, never mind someone with years of experience built on decades of expertise. (I could do it in about 100 lines of bash but that's another story.)
To be fair, "ML" (particularly the image recognition part) has its place as a tool *used by* scientists and medical doctors to help highlight anomalies and consistencies. It speeds up the process of turning a hunch into a suspicion. The danger is that their higher ups start trusting sci-fi stories and imagine that they could somehow get rid of the experts.