Edward A. Lee: “Limits of Machines, Limits of Humans”
Edward A. Lee, distinguished computer scientist and expert on societal implications of technology, talks about the limits of explainable AI.
About the Event
May 24, 2022
5:30 – 7:00 PM
TU Wien, Campus Getreidemarkt Konferenzsaal TUtheSky
1060 Vienna, Getreidemarkt 9
Bauteil BA (Hoftrakt), 11. Stock, Raum BA11B07
“Rationality” in Simon’s “bounded rationality” is the principle that humans make decisions based on step-by-step (algorithmic) reasoning using systematic rules of logic to maximize utility. “Bounded rationality” is the observation that the ability of a human brain to handle algorithmic complexity and data is limited. Bounded rationality, in other words, treats a decision-maker as a machine carrying out computations with limited resources. In this talk, I will argue that the recent breakthroughs in AI demonstrate that much of what we consider “intelligence” is not based on algorithmic symbol manipulation, and that what the machines are doing more closely resembles intuitive thinking than rational decision making. Under this model, the goal of “explainable AI” is unachievable in any useful form.
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