AIs not that smart

Artificial Intelligence is no better than a coin flip.

Those who have read a few of my columns before may be familiar with the fact that I am completely opposed to being driven around by an autonomous vehicle with a control centre likely based in some developing country that could be hacked by a 12 year old with a Nintendo DS Lite. 

I know I am in the minority and that millennials appear to be willing to overlook the flaws in the technology in favour of another half hour in front of a phone screen before they show up for work late to hand in their notice because, well, it is just too hard to show up to work on time.

But call me old fashioned, I am just not that trusting of AI because it is only programmed by all of our stupid thoughts and history.

Therein lies the problem.

To prove my point, recently a leading AI University in Germany ran the potential outcome of the current World Cup 100,000 times to predict the ultimate results. 

Their complicated algorithms developed by equally more complex university boffins used a number of complicated sequences and outcomes to predict the ultimate winner of the 2018 World Cup.

The result was supposedly irrefutable. This was, after al,l the pinnacle of artificial intelligence.

The winner, undisputedly, was (drum roll), you guessed it. Germany.


Guess they didn’t that coming. It's a little like self-driving cars not understanding what to do in a snow storm or when an animal jumps out in front of them.

For more fascinating reading, check out https://www.technologyreview.com/s/611397/machine-learning-predicts-world-cup-winner/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=owned_social

I am going back to my un-smart home in my un-smart car to read a paperback on how to write better articles.

Warning! This article has nothing to do with Donald Trump whatsoever, so please keep any comments relevant to the article content… thank you.

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Mark has been an entrepreneur for over forty years. His experience spans many commercial sectors and aspects of business. He was one of the youngest people to be appointed as a Fellow of the prestigious Institute of Sales and Marketing Management before he left the UK in 1988.

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