This is what AI sees and hears when it watches 'The Joy of Painting'

Andrew Tarantola, Engadget, Apr 07, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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Bob Ross's The Joy of Painting is probably the most relaxing show in the history of television. But in this video recording of how an AI might perceive the show, it's a collection of eyeballs, creepy insects, spiders and assorted sea creatures. Humans do the same thing, but with less creepy results, as we have a much greater store of images to select from and match to the phenomena. When we see things, we're always trying to match what we see to what we've seen before. What the video should make you do is question how much of what we see is 'really' there and how much is our interpretation. Exercise for the reader: compare what the AI does with what science does and draw your own conclusion.

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