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Month: May 2016

Artificial Intelligence Is Far From Matching Humans, Panel Says…BUT (via NYT)

“Kate Crawford, a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, called on the industry to add ethics to the professional training of engineers. “We need to start changing the skill set of the people who are going to be the data scientists of the future and the A.I. creators of the future,” she said.

A.I. systems are pervasive, Ms. Crawford said, pointing to a doll like Hello Barbie, which speaks and listens.

“You might think that’s a fantastic toy, that’s really wonderful,” she said. “What you don’t realize is that it is the front to this huge data ingestion machine that is taking all of those statements by that child and then using them for a whole range of purposes.””

Artificial Intelligence Is Far From Matching Humans, Panel Says
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Advertising Cannot Maintain the Internet. Here’s the “Secret Sauce” Solution. Via Evonomics and David Brin

“Andrew Keene asserts in The Internet is not the Answer, our vaunted digital connections aren’t serving average folk. His complaint can be summarized:

1. Security flaws are unraveling our ability to trust internet processes.

2. Many elites who formerly were daunted by the Net’s empowerment of individualism – especially leaders of non-democratic nations — now view it as a tool of control.

3. The online world is rife with new forms of addiction, for which humans have few immunities.

4. The advertising model for how to pay for just about every service online is flawed, cumbersome, invasive and unsustainable over the long run.”

Advertising Cannot Maintain the Internet. Here's the "Secret Sauce" Solution. - Evonomics
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Google CEO Predicts The End Of Computers As A Device – must read!

“Looking to the future, the next big step will be for the very concept of the "device" to fade away. Over time, the computer itself—whatever its form factor—will be an intelligent assistant helping you through your day. We will move from mobile first to an AI first world.”

This is huge. 

Sundar Pichai's First Letter To Employees As Google CEO Predicts The End Of Computers As A Devi
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There’s No Such Thing as Free Will – great if maybe troubling story via TheAtlantic

“In recent decades, research on the inner workings of the brain has helped to resolve the nature-nurture debate—and has dealt a further blow to the idea of free will. Brain scanners have enabled us to peer inside a living person’s skull, revealing intricate networks of neurons and allowing scientists to reach broad agreement that these networks are shaped by both genes and environment. But there is also agreement in the scientific community that the firing of neurons determines not just some or most but all of our thoughts, hopes, memories, and dreams.”

There’s No Such Thing as Free Will
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AI Startups Are Reinventing Media (great read via Wired)

“Last year, Associated Press announced that the majority of its earnings reports will eventually be written with AI-enabled software. While the company argues it will free up reporters to do more analytical work, the question it raises is unsettling: Should we just leave it to the machines to interpret what they see in piles of Big Data and write up the results? Shouldn’t they at least have some human editors?”

NEWS FLASH: AI Startups Are Reinventing Media
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After three weeks in China, it’s clear Beijing is Silicon Valley’s only true competitor

“In China, there is a company work culture at startups that's called 9/9/6. It means that regular work hours for most employees are from 9 am to 9 pm, six days a week. If you thought Silicon Valley has intense work hours, think again.”

After three weeks in China, it's clear Beijing is Silicon Valley's only true competitor
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