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    EXCLUSIVE: Durham police have trialled an AI system that helps officers decide when to keep suspects in custody bbc.co.uk/news/technolog…

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    Chris Baraniuk

  2. @machinestarts I'm curious: This doesn't sound like AI as I think of it. Is it in any way "intelligent"? Or is "AI" now a uselessly broad, over-hyped term?

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    Phil Gyford

  3. @philgyford Yh, tbf AI really is a v broad term - but it is used to cover a wide range of technologies, incl machine learning: medium.com/mmc-writes/the…

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    @philgyford What is the definition of "intelligent"? This system, for example, can make judgements based on data. That is a basic intelligence.

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  4. @machinestarts I’d say it’s such basic “intelligence” it hardly qualifies for the term. And devalues any current or future actual “intelligent” things.

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    Phil Gyford

    @machinestarts It sounds over-sold, and misleading, for the purposes of an exciting story. But I guess that’s one (of many) reasons I’m not a journalist :)

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    Phil Gyford

  5. @philgyford Well, artificial intelligence is also used in academia to describe machine learning and other concepts - not the preserve of journalists!

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    Chris Baraniuk

    @philgyford In fact, academia is where the term comes from, and it's used to discuss this tech all the time: ai.stanford.edu

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  6. @machinestarts All true… but I fear it gives the wrong impression to general readers, that scary general intelligence things are being used for this.

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    Phil Gyford

    @machinestarts It’d be good to explain the skills and, importantly, limits of the program/algorithm in question. But I realise it gets complicated/boring!

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