Is Donald Trump a Threat to Democracy? - NYTimes.com

“Democratic institutions must be reinforced by strong informal norms. Like a pickup basketball game without a referee, democracies work best when unwritten rules of the game, known and respected by all players, ensure a minimum of civility and cooperation. Norms serve as the soft guardrails of democracy, preventing political competition from spiraling into a chaotic, no-holds-barred conflict.”

Is Donald Trump a Threat to Democracy? - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/16/opinion/sunday/is-donald-trump-a-threat-to-democracy.html?nytmobile=0
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9 Artificial Intelligence Stats That Will Blow You Away

“digital customer assistants will be able to “mimic human conversations, with both listening and speaking, a sense of history, in-the-moment context, timing and tone, and the ability to respond, add to and continue with a thought or purpose at multiple occasions and places over time.” Said another way, digital assistants will know and interact with you like a friend does today, or at least they’ll try to.”

9 Artificial Intelligence Stats That Will Blow You Away
http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2016/12/10/artificial-intelligence-stats-that-will-blow-away.html
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Four Futures: Life After Capitalism review – will robots bring utopia or terror?

“Just because the technical preconditions for such a world exist doesn’t mean it’ll magically materialise, however. This is the central argument of Frase’s book: building the future we want is ultimately a matter of politics, not technology. As he points out, economic elites will surely want to preserve their privileges even if a system of wage labour is “totally superfluous” for production. “Having power over others is, for many powerful people, its own reward,” he writes. And if these people manage to retain their dominance in a fully automated economy, then we get “rentism” – Frase’s second future.”

Four Futures: Life After Capitalism review – will robots bring utopia or terror?
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/nov/24/four-futures-life-after-capitalism-peter-frase-review-robots
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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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