AI snake oil

These slides from “How to recognize AI snake oil” by Arvind Narayanan does a pretty good job of putting AI – really Machine Learning, ML – capabilities in perspective.

There’s a great example in them of machine learning being given about 13,000 data points on a large number of individuals and still not faring better than simple linear regression done on 4 of those data points.

I’ll also restate my fifth law:

Negative consequences of data linking will be disproportionally larger for the poorest, those less able to defend themselves.







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