Malcolm Kerr: Why artificial intelligence isn’t fool-proof

I have a deep-rooted and serious aversion to algorithms. I blame it on my first school. It was perfectly pleasant until we moved up to senior maths lessons and classes in ancient Greek. To this day I have no idea why someone thought it would be helpful for a nine-year-old to study ancient Greek. In any event, no one explained it to me. Nor did anyone explain in my maths lessons what algorithms were for, let alone logarithms. I remember we were given a log book, which contained rows of long numbers supposed to help us do difficult sums. I was also equipped with something called a slide rule. It seemed pretty high-tech at the time but I did not have a clue how to use it. It looked like…


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