AI Weirdness: the strange side of machine learning

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What to do with your time

What to do with your time

In Leonardo DaVinci’s diary you can find his to-do lists, the kinds of broad-ranging investigations the famous polymath would use to occupy his time: Draw Milan. Get the master of arithmetic to show you how to square a triangle Ask Giannino the Bombardier about how the tower of Ferrara
All your questions answered

All your questions answered

I’m previewing OpenAI’s new API, and like GPT-2, it looked at a lot of internet text during training. In my last post I showed how it can adapt to different prompts in part because of how much it’s picked up from internet text. But how much knowledge
How to change a giraffe into a bird

How to change a giraffe into a bird

When people study the ways that AI generates and detects images, they have to use something as a test problem. Delightfully, a recent paper decided to train an AI to transform pictures of giraffes into pictures of birds. Why? Apparently, just to see if they could do it. And it’
Depth of field fails

Depth of field fails

You might think of AI as a thing that only runs on powerful cloud computing servers, but these days you’ll also find it in your phone. Unlike the AI in science fiction, the AI in your phone is limited to just one task at a time - predicting the
I trained a neural net on my own book

I trained a neural net on my own book

I spent the last two years writing a book on AI. It’s called You Look Like a Thing and I Love You, and today it’s finally out! And since training neural nets on things is a large percentage of my blog, of course I had to find out
This AI is bad at drawing but will try anyways.

This AI is bad at drawing but will try anyways.

There was a paper recently where a research team trained a machine learning algorithm (a GAN they called AttnGAN) to generate pictures based on written descriptions. It’s like Visual Chatbot in reverse. When it was just trained to generate pictures of birds, it did pretty well, actually. (Although the
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