Lie To Me

Steven Levy illuminates the ultimate irony of Artificial Intelligence:

The lesson is that our computers sometimes have to humor us, or they will freak us out. Eric Horvitznow a top Microsoft researcher and a former president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligencehelped build an AI system in the 1980s to aid pathologists in their studies, analyzing each result and suggesting the next test to perform. There was just one problemit provided the answers too quickly. “We found that people trusted it more if we added a delay loop with a flashing light, as though it were huffing and puffing to come up with an answer,” Horvitz says.