The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: AI as an amplifier of human failings

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice was written by Goethe over 200 years ago and it was influenced by the Industrial Revolution. At the time, hand weavers were railing against the introduction of machines that would replace them. It’s against that backdrop that Cosive’s Jayne Naughton discussed machine learning on the final morning of AusCERT 2016. Naughton’s rapid-fire tour of the world of AI and machine learning began by looking at neural networks where inputs are processed to deliver an output. “What a machine learning algorithm does is try to find a line of best fit,” he says. By taking different variables, a computer system tries to work out all the possible outcomes and then determine the one that best answers the original question. For example, if the temperature is a particular value…


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