What happened to the old common sense

The common sense thing

It's a thing of common sense when it comes to artificial intelligence.

Sure, you can imagine. On a Tuesday not too distant, a desperate-looking software engineer stands in front of his computer and sobs:

"Man, come on, dude, don't be like that now, we're all just human."

What happened, somehow the system he works with blocked his access for purely artificially intelligent considerations. Maybe because the guy was just annoying, or because according to the machine's calculations it would be better for the machine itself, or for people, or for the world itself, if this developer were no longer allowed to work on the machine. That could be understandable, but somehow not nice either. For the person in front of the screen.

But out of pure common sense one could understand such a decision. And it is precisely this kind of "let's take a relaxed look at it from a meter away" that DARPA currently wants to analyze more precisely in artificial intelligence.

Strictly speaking, and you can also fall victim to the semi-exact translation from English into German, it is about the implementation of "Common Sense" in AI systems, and here DARPA and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Seattle (Allen ? Yes Paul Allen, the guy who co-founded Microsoft). Perhaps this should be called the "generally recognized worldview" that the military research agency wants to get into the box with a private institute.

And that is perhaps sorely needed, because in the same city a provider of cloud storage space, books and everything else that can be ordered online has significant problems with it. Amazon's AI-based recruiting tool had to be taken offline because it suggested men rather than women for technical jobs.

Well, with over 575,000 employees, you are dealing with a decent hiring volume. Especially when you have tripled your own staff over the years, as in this somewhat grown department store in Seattle. And of course, this over-focus on male candidates in technical jobs comes a little from the fact that the system had implemented a generally accepted worldview about it: There are more men in the IT industry than women. So far. And if there are such recruiting tools, it's still no wonder.

At Amazon, you have definitely taken the lead and pulled the plug from this system. Incidentally, the developer above could also do the same. If the machine doesn't let you in, you turn the juice off of it. That is common sense. And it is still used in computers.

Let's see.

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