Archives for AI

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 8/24/17

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

We may be familiar with the fact that how we use our computers can actually identify us as individuals based on how we type, etc. Now it seems the same thing might be possible based on we drive a car.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 8/10/17

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

There are differing views of what Artificial Intelligence should be, and what it will mean for us humans. For us and those who come after us, it’s worth thinking about which possible future is best for humanity. Here’s a starter kit for reflection.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 5/25/17

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

We hear a lot about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning these days, mostly when a computer program beats a human champion at chess or GO or now poker. But AI is a part of everyday life these days in ways many of us aren’t aware of. We’re often not aware of something else: machines can be just as biased as humans, and that can make a big difference in people’s lives.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 3/2/17

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Some estimates suggest that there could be 50 billion connected devices in the world by 2020 making up a huge web that many refer to as the Internet of Things (IoT). From interconnected devices in our cars to our homes to our children’s toys and beyond, we humans are going to be interacting regularly with often artificially intelligent sensors and electronic devices. Are we ready to handle them all? A recent report from the Community Computing Consortium raises some pretty important questions. If you’d like to see the whole report yourself, take a look at cra.org/ccc/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2017/02/Safety-Security-and-Privacy-Threats-in-IoT.pdf.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 2/4/16

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

LAWS – Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, or, as they are more commonly known, killer robots – are technically closer than we may think. But what about legally or morally? Will killer robots be the third great revolution in warfare after gunpowder and nuclear weapons? 20,000 scientists, including 3000 artificial intelligence researchers, think that answer should be “no.” Here’s why.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 1/28/16

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

There have been two main streams in the development of artificial intelligence which John Markoff, in his book “Machines of Loving Grace” describes as AI – Artificial Intelligence, and IA – Intelligence Augmentation. The two are very different approaches and have very different implications for the future of humanity. Here’s why.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 1/21/16

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Most folks know that technology is having big impacts on our everyday life. But that impact often seems to focus on new apps for smart phones or amazing new medical gizmos. But technology is having a huge impact on which jobs survive and which jobs don’t, and how many jobs disappear and how many jobs are replaced. And we aren’t talking about 20 years from now, or even 10. Technology will be a major driver of the net loss of over 5 million jobs in the next 5 years, and not just any technology: artificial intelligence and robotics will contribute to much of that change. What is that going to mean for how we humans live and support ourselves economically? Let’s start to think about that question.