Tuesday, February 27, 2024

The Adventures of Task-Force Tim: An Allegory About the Current Effort to Regulate AI

John Sowa is an Old School AI researcher who spent his career at IBM until retired. Since then he’s pursued various projects in AI (see this video, Evaluating and Reasoning with and about GPT). He’s got an extensive website that includes some materials from the old days, including some remarks about a project that IBM started in 1971. It didn’t work out. In the process, one member of Sowa’s department, Bob Bacon, did a comic illustrating the problems that inevitably came up.

Sowa has those on his website where anyone can see them. So I assume he has no problem with me putting them in this post. I’m thinking of them as an allegory on current efforts to regulate research in artificial intelligence and machine learning. [Click on images to enlarge them.]

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