The Three Crises of AI

Synopsis. The AI field – perhaps because of its proximity to cognitive science (and the influence of pop science fiction tropes) – is considered by many to be the most elevated technology endeavor; a scientific research program, unrelated to the generic ‘tech’ field. Even skeptics who reject the ‘technological singularity‘ hypothesis and doomsday, superintelligence projections…

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The Next Decade in AI: Four Steps Towards Robust Artificial Intelligence

In this paper, cognitive scientist, AI researcher and co-founder of roboust.ai Gary Marcus presents his case for a hybrid approach to AI that combines data analysis and contextual knowledge (in contrast to the data hungry techniques that currently dominate the field): “Recent research in artificial intelligence and machine learning has largely emphasized general-purpose learning and…

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Towards decolonising computational sciences

In this groundbreaking paper, cognitive scientists Abeba Birhane and Olivia Guest re-center the full history of the cognitive sciences, emphasizing the role of colonial ideas about inferiority and superiority in determining the field’s background and current research programs: “This article sets out our perspective on how to begin the journey of decolonising computational fields, such…

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GPT-3: Time for Real Talk

Since its release in June of 2020 OpenAI’s Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3 (or, GPT-3) has attracted speculation, hype and critique. Much of what has been reported – such as this misleading Guardian article ‘written’ by the platform, is gushing and sloppy – not much better than gee-whiz-ism. In “GPT‑3: Its Nature, Scope, Limits, and Consequences”…

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Computational Impacts: a blog devoted to exploring the uses, mis-uses, history and societal impacts of algorithms under capitalism

According to the tech press, and media generally, we are living in the era of artificial intelligence a technology which, we’re told, mimics – and indeed already surpasses – human minds. The reality is very different. My argument is that the challenge for our societies (contrary to the hyperventilating and often self-serving statements of venture…

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