DARPA director cautions on AI’s limitations

When artificial intelligence systems are wrong, “they are wrong in ways that no human would ever be wrong,” said Arati Prabhakar, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The Pentagon’s blue-sky research agency is heavily invested in driving the future of artificial intelligence and machine learning, but knows the technology isn’t without limitations, its director said Monday.  The best facial recognition systems out there are statistically better than most humans at image identification, for instance, but when they’re wrong, “they are wrong in ways that no human would ever be wrong,” Arati Prabhakar, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, told an Atlantic Council event.  “I think this is a critically important caution about where and how we will use this generation of artificial intelligence.” “You want to embrace the power of…


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