By making the algorithm watch 600 hours of footage, all the researchers are doing is turning it into the friend who's undeservedly proud when their predictions of an easily-predictable movie come true. "Those two dudes look like they're going to shake han-AHH THEY DID IT, TOLD YOU!" That AI thinks it's so smart because people on TV aren't wildcards disrupting the world of greetings by smearing pudding on each other's faces or slapping together baby crocodiles. We shake hands, we kiss, we high-five, we hug. If you're doing anything else, you're overthinking it.
"BACK OFF, ALLEN. NO ONE DOES THAT."
Congrats, MIT's TV-watching algorithm. You've learned how to choose one thing from a list of four! Keep this up, and soon you'll be able to read a Choose Your Own Adventure book without frying out in a brilliant shower of sparks.But When You Think About It ...
... maybe it is just a little weird that it nails the prediction 43 percent of the time. How many times have you messed up a handshake so severely that you felt like running away to live in the woods with nary a hand to shake? This algorithm will keep improving, and soon it could one day predict the most likely directions we'd run when in danger, or which body movements mean a human is reaching for its off button. Why can some people effortlessly dodge attacks in a video game like Dark Souls? How can video game speed runners race through difficult Super Mario World levels in record time? Easy: They're exploiting observed patterns. One day, an AI might observe enough of ours to make the switch to hunting us down for sport.