computers men: i want to make a computer do a thing that humans do
me: maybe you should ask the humans who do that thing how they do it
computers men: preposterous. absurd
@dankwraith That very task is a thought problem I run over and over in my head. It's a fascinating problem.
@dankwraith Capitalist: we will make the machines do things that humans are already good at and make the humans do things that the machines are already good at.
Me: why not let humans do human things and have machines do machine things? It would be easier and more efficient.
Me: let each play to their strengths and cooperate instead of working at cross purposes.
Capitalist: I’m calling security.
@dankwraith I'm trying to fix it, all right? give me a break here
Wasn't that the whole basis of expert systems? You run into the same issue as anthropology, or any other field that rely on asking humans questions. There are three truths, the truth they tell you, the truth they believe, and the actual truth.
What a bleak future! I think as a society we have to rethink the image of software systems being impartial. Bias is bad, but I'd argue unrecognized systemic implicit bias might be worse.
@alexjgriffith @dankwraith I'm not sure why "observing behavior" or "sampling correctly" seems like a less daunting bias elimination task to you than interpreting and evaluating answers. behavior is also nontrivially interpreted by the observer. 'data crunching' is not more objective— the computer just does what we tell it. it is just possibly economical in scale- it allows your questionable interpretive choices to play out over larger sets of questionable data more quickly
As a trivial example. If I'm creating a system to enter the letter a, and I ask you how many times you enter the letter a in an average hour of work, you're not going to give me an accurate answer, wheather you want to or not.
The classic example of the limits of expert systems was the development of flight assist programs. Pilots where unwilling / unable to accurately answer questions concerning their flight activities.
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