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Dillon Lecture Series speaker Janelle Shane talked about "AI Weirdness"

2/21/2024 1:01:00 AM

anelle Shane, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Humorist, Author, Research Scientist and Blogger, was the first Ray and Stella Dillon Lecture Series speaker of 2024, speaking on Tuesday morning at the Sports Arena. Shane, whose blog is, uses humor to talk about the stranger parts of artificial intelligence. 

Shane said that AI is not that smart, emphasizing that AI is only as good as the training that it is put through. When you ask a question of AI, there  can be a lot of weird mistakes. Shane gave many examples of how humans ask AI questions and if they aren't narrowed down to a very specific question, if they are too broad in scope, AI might give very weird answers. 

Shane will be publishing her book, "You Look Like a Thing and I Love You: How AI Works and Why It's Making the World a Weirder Place." The book uses cartoons and humorous pop-culture experiments to view the algorithms that are currently used in our world. She also will be releasing a TED talk giving her insightful look on the the nature of machine learning algorithms. 

From the Hutchinson Community College Facebook page, "The danger of artificial intelligence isn't that it's going to rebel against us, but that it's going to do exactly what we ask it to do, says AI researcher Janelle Shane. Sharing the weird, sometimes alarming antics of AI algorithms as they try to solve human problems -- like creating new ice cream flavors or recognizing cars on the road -- Shane shows why AI doesn't yet measure up to real brains."

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