This clever AI hid data from its creator to cheat at its appointed task

Mark Farragher
4 min readMar 14, 2019

Do you know about the Law of Unintended Consequences?

It broadly comes down to this:

Any action that involves a complex system is certain to have unintended consequences.

This is especially relevant in the field of machine learning where we are working with highly complex software. Machine learning systems almost always have unintended side-effects.

Here’s a beautiful example.