Archives for Artificial Intelligence

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 7/23/15

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Much of the current attention about artificial intelligence takes either a “gee whiz – ain’t it cool” tone, or a “humans are doomed” tone. No matter how we think about artificial intelligence, especially when embedded in robots, one thing is very clear – our legal system isn’t ready for it. Here’s why.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 5/28/15

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Many of us have become accustomed to being on surveillance cameras pretty much everyday in grocery stores, at gas stations, in banks, and in a lot of other places where we might not even notice them. Ever wonder what becomes of the images those cameras capture, and according to what rules those images can be used, and by whom? The answers may be a bit surprising.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 5/21/15

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Seen the movie Ex Machina? It raises, in a gentle way, big questions about the relationship of humans to the artificial intelligences we are trying to create. People such as Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, and Elon Musk are warning that we are not thinking deeply enough about creating artificial intelligence agents and that our AI creations could, someday down the road, mean the end of the human race. Might be worth considering that possibility now while there is still time.