On the Internet, no-one knows you’re a…

Flickr has this great new magic feature (appropriately called the “Magic View”) that almost flawlessly identifies and categorizes your pictures. Like this:

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Magic, pure magic!

Until it doesn’t work:

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I doubt you share Flickr’s opinion, and I hope the poor girl herself does not see herself classified as a dog!


My message is a serious one, of course. Modern “artificially intelligent” technologies, like face recognition, self-driving Tesla cars, or Flickr Magic View, are extremely useful and promising. But they’re also imperfect, and will remain so for a long time coming. Trust your life to them at your own risk.


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