Intelligent machines or stochastic parrots?


Institutional Communication Service

26 July 2022

Machines have learned to talk to people and write texts. But this does not mean they have a conscience or an inner life, although it is easy to be deceived. But it only takes a question like "How many pieces of sound are there in a typical cumulonimbus cloud?" to figure out that artificial intelligence merely mirrors human language.

This month, in the technology section in collaboration with La Regione, Alessandro Facchini, a lecturer at the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence IDSIA (USI SUPSI), talks about the potential, the limits and also the risks - for example, regarding the biases that machines learn along with natural language - of these "stochastic parrots."

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The section

Nowadays, technology and informatics play a primary role in everyone's life. Their constant presence offers opportunities and challenges that are not always easy. To better understand the often complex issues, La Regione newspaper offers a monthly feature in which, throughout 2022, USI faculty and researchers will provide insights into the varied dimensions that shape the digital age.


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