walkitout (walkitout) wrote,
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Rorschach used to say we really needed artificial stupidity: here it is

http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/24/4549124/how-google-uncovered-a-chinese-ring-of-car-thieves

Of course it's not stupid at all, which is sort of the point. But Google's massive system for detecting fraudulent advertising detected IRL car thieves, because certain aspects of the behavior (new accounts, fast transactions) matched -- it "stupidly" thought that was the same, even tho it "obviously" wasn't and that turned out to be very clever indeed.

Another way to think about this is emergent artificial intelligence. Or, like arithmetic, something that we will grow so accustomed to in its automated form that we forget we ever associated detecting it in the human form as requiring much in the way of intelligence at all.
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