In a recent address to a group of labor and civil rights leaders, Vice President Kamala Harris attempted to elucidate the concept of artificial intelligence (AI). However, her explanation turned into yet another instance of a word salad gaffe, which has become somewhat characteristic of her tenure in office.
During the roundtable held at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., Harris remarked, “I think the first thing to understand about this issue is that AI is kind of a fancy thing. Firstly, it’s just two letters, standing for artificial intelligence. But fundamentally, it revolves around machine learning.”
She further explained, “The machine is trained, and a significant aspect of the challenge lies in determining the information that is fed into the machine. This information will then shape the decisions and opinions that are produced through the AI process.”
“To simplify the matter, we need to consider the inputs into decision-making and whether those decisions genuinely represent the needs and life experiences of all individuals,” she added.
Harris continued her statement by emphasizing the importance of transparency in AI technology and its impact on decision-making.
This verbal misstep from Harris comes just a day after she faced ridicule for making “nonsense” comments during a roundtable discussion on transportation. During that event, she stated the obvious by saying, “The essence of transportation is ensuring that people can reach their intended destinations. It’s as basic as that.”
Back in April, Harris also made puzzling remarks during a pro-abortion rally, emphasizing the significance of the moment. She stated, “I believe it’s crucial—at this moment and every moment—to recognize and contextualize the time we exist in. Understanding our place in history and the present moment, not just in relation to the past, but also the future.”
While Harris’s attempts to explain complex topics have been met with criticism and ridicule, it is important to focus on promoting clarity and understanding when discussing intricate concepts like AI.