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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.