Incident 29: Image Classification of Battle Tanks

Description: A potentially apocryphal story in which an image classifier was produced to differentiate types of battle tanks, but the resulting model keyed in on environmental attributes rather than tank attributes


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Alleged: United States Government developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed United States Government.

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Sean McGregor


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