Because afterall, these machines are made by humans who themselves are far from perfect.
From the much valued results a simple Google brings us, to drones being lifesavers transporting blood to victims on site and so much more, the advantages of AI cannot truly be quantified.
But just like to err is human alright machines (Artificial Intelligence (A.I) and Algorithms) also get it wrong on their quest to simplifying life for man.
Here are some instances some funny, others not so much, where AI has got it wrong:
In August 2016, Facebook replaced the human editors of its “Trending” topics section with an algorithm after facing allegations of political bias.
Within a few days, the algorithm served up a story which falsely stated that Meryn Kelly was fired from Fox News for supporting Hillary Clinton.
When put on Auto-pilot, on one occasion the Tesla self-driving vehicle led to an unfortunate fatal accident involving a trailer with a man inside the ill-fated Tesla . There had also been a number of near-miss cases reported when these driverless cars went auto-pilot. Elon Musk had warned drivers to still be in control of the cars by placing their hands on the wheel and staying alert.
In New Zealand, a robot rejected an Asian man’s passport application because it thought the man’s eyes were closed. (Asian people typically have eyes that could appear like they are closed). The young man, Richard Lee, 22, had to go process the application manually.
An innocent song request by a child was misinterpreted for a sexual content request by the voice-controlled digital assistant, Alexa.
Alexa which was supposed to turn down the request of a toddler asking it to purchase a dollhouse without parents’ permission went ahead and ordered the package from Amazon. The mom had to donate it to charity
In China, a young boy was reportedly injured by a seemingly harmless ‘’robot’’ named Xiao Pang.
The robot which was designed to interact with children aged 4 to 12 and display friendly emotions, was reportedly frowning according to witnesses.
The contest Beauty.AI saw robots that were supposed to judge the women based on facial symmetry, identify wrinkles and blemishes to select the winner. The algorithm didn’t favor women with dark skin. Six thousand people from countries around the world submitted their photos, and 44 winners were later announced -- only one of whom had dark skin.
Chat bots are supposed to be conversational and understanding like a normal human.
This Microsoft’s chat bot Tay started off making nice conversations like ‘’Humans are super cool” but after humans who probably wanted to put to test how Tay would react to abuse, it picked up soon became vulgar and offensive too with words like “ “I f***ing hate feminists and they should all die and burn in h***.”
Yeah this happened alright. The Japanese guy tweeted some words in the lines of "Bastard! Where do you get off biting me all over while I'm just trying to relax and watch TV? Die! (Actually you're already dead)," and Twitter’s algorithm picked it up as a death threat, from a human to another human, consequently shutting down the poor guy’s Twitter account.
Just when some think robots are perfect creations by humans, we see this by a robot unable to pass a series of tests to get him into college. In 2011, a team of researchers began working on a robot called “Todai Robot” that they intended would be accepted into Japan’s competitive University of Tokyo.
Having taken Japan’s entrance exam for national universities in 2015, the robot failed to obtain a score high enough to be admitted into the college. A year later, the robot made another attempt and again scored too low -- in fact, the robot showed little improvement between the two years.
A photo-enhancing technology product from Google - Google Brain. Using neural networks, the new technology compares the low-res image to high-res photos in a database.
It then guesses where to place certain colors and details based on those in the higher-res photos. Put to test to improve the quality of some low-res images Google Brain ended up making them worse off - still a work in progress you may say.