The most important general-purpose technology of our era is artificial intelligence, particularly machine learning (ML) — that is, the machine’s ability to keep improving its performance without humans having to explain exactly how to accomplish all the tasks it’s given. Within just the past few years machine learning has become far more effective and widely available. We can now build systems that learn how to perform tasks on their own.
Can A.I. Be Taught to Explain Itself?
Can A.I. Be Taught to Explain Itself? Photo illustration by Derek Brahney. Source photo: J.R. Eyerman / The Life Picture Collection / Getty Images. In September, Michal Kosinski published a study that he feared might end his career. The Economist broke the news first, giving it a self-consciously anodyne title: "Advances in A.I.