Uncompromisingly, I showed Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” to Google Cloud Vision API and, for my surprise, its computer vision algorithm “saw” an interesting aspect I guess most human eyes wouldn’t notice. The Cloud Vision API landscape feature, which detects popular natural and man-made structures within an image, printed out a bounding box along with the tag National Congress of Brazil in a specific area of the painting. Apparently, our Congress is a fright to the machine’s eyes.
Note: The Cloud Vision API doesn’t detect the National Congress of Brazil in all images of “The Scream” available on the web. The image I used was from this page.
The subject of MoMA R&D 24 Salon, held on April, 3rd, 2018, was the impact of artificial intelligent systems in our daily lives through the lens of imperfection. Inspired by Stephen Hawking famous quote “Without imperfection, you or I would not exist, this salon raised interesting questions:
If superintelligent machines will be capable of human-level performance on the full range of tasks that are often thought to be uniquely human capacities, including general intelligence and moral reasoning, how will this impact on the way in which we conceive of ourselves? Will this translate into a radical end to human exceptionalism? Or, rather, will this force us to conclude that the most profound essence of our human nature lies in our fallibility? Will AI teach us that imperfection is what makes us human?