Logic Board Ape Yacht Club

“How do human beings acquire common sense? The short answer is that we’re multifaceted learners. We try things out and observe the results, read books and listen to instructions, absorb silently and reason on our own. We fall on our faces and watch others make mistakes. A.I. systems, by contrast, aren’t as well-rounded. They tend to follow one route at the exclusion of all other.” The New Yorker: Can Computers Learn Common Sense? (I’d rather we focused on giving more humans beings the ability to learn it.) “A.I. researchers are making progress on a long-term goal: giving their programs the kind of knowledge we take for granted.” If my laptop learns common sense, the first thing it will do is tell me to close it and get back to having an actual life.

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