Genevieve Bell: ‘Humanity’s greatest fear is about being irrelevant’

“When I see some of the big thinkers of our day contemplating the arc of artificial intelligence, what I see is not necessarily a critique of the technology itself but a critique of us. We are building the engines, so what we build into them is what they will be. The question is not will AI rise up and kill us, rather, will we give it the tools to do so?”

Genevieve Bell: ‘Humanity’s greatest fear is about being irrelevant’
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/nov/27/genevieve-bell-ai-robotics-anthropologist-robots
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Troubling Study Says Artificial Intelligence Can Predict Who Will Be Criminals Based on Facial Features

“The fields of artificial intelligence and machine learning are moving so quickly that any notion of ethics is lagging decades behind, or left to works of science fiction. This might explain a new study out of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, which says computers can tell whether you will be a criminal based on nothing more than your facial features.”

Troubling Study Says Artificial Intelligence Can Predict Who Will Be Criminals Based on Facial Features
https://theintercept.com/2016/11/18/troubling-study-says-artificial-intelligence-can-predict-who-will-be-criminals-based-on-facial-features/
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Automation can leave us complacent, and that can have dangerous consequences

Automation bias!!

There is evidence to suggest that humans have trouble recognising when automation has failed and manual intervention is required. Research shows we are poor supervisors of trusted automation, with a tendency towards over-reliance.

Known as automation bias, when people use automation such as autopilot, they may delegate full responsibility to automation rather than continue to be vigilant. This reduces our workload, but it also reduces our ability to recognise when automation has failed, signalling the need to take back manual control.”

Automation can leave us complacent, and that can have dangerous consequences
http://theconversation.com/automation-can-leave-us-complacent-and-that-can-have-dangerous-consequences-62429
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In a historic moment for AI, computers gain ability to generalize learning between activities - ExtremeTech

“In a hard takeoff scenario, a self-improving AI recursively augments its learning ability to the point where humans no longer really pose any competition. An AI that can generalize between learned activities could use its vast storehouse of learned models to attack any new activity with a level of sophistication only dreamed of by humans.”

In a historic moment for AI, computers gain ability to generalize learning between activities - ExtremeTech
https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/238073-in-historic-moment-for-ai-computers-gain-ability-to-generalize-learning-between-activities
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"Technology gives us super-human powers"

“Computers and robots relieve us of repetitive activities, so we can concentrate on the interesting parts of life and work. This began with the invention of the plow and applies even more so in the age of technology, says Sebastian Thrun, a prophet of the digital world.”

"Technology gives us super-human powers"
https://www.credit-suisse.com/articles/news-and-expertise/2016/10/en/technology-gives-us-super-human-powers.html
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Should we trust predictive policing software to cut crime? – Sidney Perkowitz | Aeon Essays

“troubling, the approach is motivated by the reductive dream of cleanly solving social problems with computers. Like any technology, predictive policing is subject to the ‘technological imperative’, the drive to carry a technology to its ultimate without considering its human costs. Our society is supposed to be based on fair and equal justice for all but, to many critics, predictive policing relies on a contrary vision of targeted justice, meted out according to where and how citizens happen to live as determined by computer algorithm.”

Should we trust predictive policing software to cut crime? – Sidney Perkowitz | Aeon Essays
https://aeon.co/essays/should-we-trust-predictive-policing-software-to-cut-crime
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Your Phone’s on Lockdown. Enjoy the Show. Great story !!

“The pouch allows phone signals to get through, so someone can feel a phone vibrate when a message arrives. Anyone who needs access during a show may leave the room, have the device unlocked and use the phone in the lobby or outside — similar to the way smokers light up outside a nonsmoking theater. “Some venue staff have access to their phones at all times inside the space,” Mr. Dugoni said, in case of an emergency.”

Your Phone’s on Lockdown. Enjoy the Show.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/16/technology/your-phones-on-lockdown-enjoy-the-show.html
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Why there’s an urgent need for a moratorium on gene editing

“No one is prepared for an era when editing DNA is as easy as editing a Microsoft Word document. The government does not have any regulations on editing human DNA. The ethical concerns have not been fleshed out. There is no centralized risk-management inventory, listing which labs are doing what with CRISPR. It’s all rather terrifying.”

Why there’s an urgent need for a moratorium on gene editing
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2015/09/08/why-theres-an-urgent-need-for-a-moratorium-on-gene-editing/
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Artificial Intelligence Is Going to 'Hollow Out' Middle Class Jobs

“We are going to move from people to things,” explained Jane Fraser, CEO of Citigroup’s Latin America business, speaking Monday at Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women Summit in Laguna Niguel, Calif.

“We are expecting 500 billion objects to become connected to the internet and this automation is going to hollow out middle and working class jobs,” explained Fraser. “Technology is replacing these jobs.””

Artificial Intelligence Is Going to 'Hollow Out' Middle Class Jobs
http://fortune.com/2016/10/17/human-workforce-ai/
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Self-Driving Mercedes-Benzes Will Prioritize Occupant Safety over Pedestrians

“The world’s oldest carmaker no longer sees the problem, similar to the question from 1967 known as the Trolley Problem, as unanswerable. Rather than tying itself into moral and ethical knots in a crisis, Mercedes-Benz simply intends to program its self-driving cars to save the people inside the car. Every time.

All of Mercedes-Benz’s future Level 4 and Level 5 autonomous cars will prioritize saving the people they carry, according to Christoph von Hugo, the automaker’s manager of driver assistance systems and active safety.

“If you know you can save at least one person, at least save that one. Save the one in the car,” Hugo said in an interview at the Paris auto show. “If all you know for sure is that one death can be prevented, then that’s your first priority.””

Self-Driving Mercedes-Benzes Will Prioritize Occupant Safety over Pedestrians
http://blog.caranddriver.com/self-driving-mercedes-will-prioritize-occupant-safety-over-pedestrians/
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