Shotgun shell: Google’s AI thinks this turtle is a rifle

MIT researchers managed to confuse artificial intelligence into classifying a reptile as a firearm, posing questions about the future of AI security

If it is the shape of a turtle, the size of a turtle, and has the patterning of a turtle, it’s probably a turtle. So when artificial intelligence confidently declares it’s a gun instead, something’s gone wrong.

But that’s what researchers from MIT’s Labsix managed to trick Google’s object recognition AI into thinking, they revealed in a paper published this week.

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