A shorter version of this article was originally published by Scientific American. Headlines about machine learning promise godlike predictive power. Here are four examples: Newsweek: “AI Can Tell If You’re Gay: Artificial Intelligence Predicts Sexuality from One Photo with Startling Accuracy” (article) The Spectator: “Linguistic Analysis Can Accurately Predict Psychosis” (article) The Daily Mail: “AI-Powered Scans Can Identify People at Risk of a Fatal Heart Attack Almost a Decade in Advance… with 90% Accuracy” (article) The Next Web: “This Scary AI Has Learned How to Pick Out Criminals by Their Faces” (article) With articles like these, the
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