Thursday August 6, 2020

Tech View: It’s easy to spot the difference when AI doesn’t work

Dystopian fiction does a good job of warning us that machines misinterpret instructions because they don’t think like us. There is no programme for empathy in AI yet

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent

21st June, 2020
Boston Dynamics’ robotic Spot dogs were parodied in an episode of Black Mirror

The imperfections in technology could not have been better highlighted than in the first game back of the English Premier League last Wednesday. Ørjan Nyland, the Aston Villa goalkeeper, clearly fell behind the goal-line with the ball after catching a cross by Oliver Norwood of Sheffield United.

The goal-line technology – which also famously cost Liverpool a goal against Manchester City by 12mm last season – didn’t notify Michael Oliver, the referee. The incident...

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