Friday, February 26, 2016

Orion Now Live

Last year, near this time, I wrote about AI, mentioning U.P.S.'s forthcoming Orion:

If the AI is giving you good information, you, or someone with some math skills, can check the work. Tabarrok finishes the article with the struggle between UPS drivers and their AI, which now tells them how to deliver packages:

Human drivers think Orion is illogical because they can’t grok Orion’s super-logic. Perhaps any sufficiently advanced logic is indistinguishable from stupidity.

No. The probability is that Orion, like most of these big data boondoggles, isn't all that it is cracked up to be.

Well, it is now here. My local U.P.S. driver is no longer driving based on what he thinks is good, nope, he's driving based on the A.I. Maybe, he thinks, maybe they might save on gas, but gas is cheap, and the nonsense is going to cost them in overtime. Secondly, Orion doesn't understand the human desire for routine. Businesses that have gotten used to getting a delivery at a particular time of day can now no longer rely on a regularly timed delivery.

It doesn't sound any better than I thought it would be.

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