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  • Ian O'Byrne 1:38 pm on February 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    The messy, secretive reality behind OpenAI’s bid to save the world – MIT Technology Review 

    https://www.technologyreview.com/s/615181/ai-openai-moonshot-elon-musk-sam-altman-greg-brockman-messy-secretive-reality/

    The trouble is, AGI (artificial general intelligence) has always remained vague. No one can really describe what it might look like or the minimum of what it should do. It’s not obvious, for instance, that there is only one kind of general intelligence; human intelligence could just be a subset. There are also differing opinions about what purpose AGI could serve. In the more romanticized view, a machine intelligence unhindered by the need for sleep or the inefficiency of human communication cou…

     
  • Ian O'Byrne 2:47 pm on February 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Democratizing AI 

    Three part series on ethics and artificial intelligence from Richard Whitt,

    Democratize AI (Part I)

    How to ensure human autonomy over our computational “screens, scenes, and unseens.”

    Democratize AI (Part 2): The Personal AI 

    a potentially effective way to challenge the one-sided proliferation of Institutional AIs is the introduction of human-agential artificial intelligence — let’s just call them Personal AIs. These virtual avatars would directly serve each of us as human beings, and our chosen communities of interest — including family, friends, and other social ties. Part III in this series (coming soon) will lay out a proposed action plan — the “how” — to help make these aspirations a reality.

    Democratizing AI (Part 3)

    The thesis is that not just billionaire industrialists deserve to have personalized virtual assistants. Ordinary people should have the ability to own a Personal AI, acting as a fully accountable computational agent to represent their self-sovereign interests. Without our concerted push-back against current trendlines, however, Institutional AIs instead will become the de facto norm of our time.

     
  • Ian O'Byrne 11:41 am on September 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    AI used for first time in job interviews in UK to find best applicants 

    Artificial intelligence (AI) and facial expression technology is being used for the first time in job interviews in the UK to identify the best candidates.

    However, academics and campaigners warned that any AI or facial recognition technology would inevitably have in-built biases in its databases that could discriminate against some candidates and exclude talented applicants who might not conform to the norm.

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  • Ian O'Byrne 12:41 pm on August 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    World’s first AI bar opens in London 

    World’s first AI bar opens in London

    Many of us have endured that feeling of simmering rage as a bartender calls ‘who’s next?’, you go to raise your hand only to be pipped to the post by an op

    Is this really a big problem?

    A London bar, 5cc Harrild & Sons has introduced ‘A.I Bar’ to its establishment, using smart facial recognition technology to help bartenders serve patrons in a way that is fairer and quicker.

    DataSparQ has developed its ‘A.I. Bar’, a product designed to incorporate facial recognition technology to organise a ‘virtual queue’ for patrons, eliminating queue jumping and adding automated age verification to speed up ID checks by informing potential under 25’s to have their ID ready for inspection or to inform repeat drinkers that they have already had their ID checked.

    Is the time spent (possibly) rechecking an ID worth the privacy invasion?

     
  • Ian O'Byrne 12:08 pm on November 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    The future includes good (human) teachers 

    AI in education: The future includes good (human) teachers by an author (The Hechinger Report)

    Some things just can’t be automated, and a teacher that makes you think is one of them.

    As AI (artificial intelligence) takes over many aspects of our lives, people are beginning to wonder/examine the role of AI in education. This post posits that computers aren’t capable of the higher-order thinking that teachers can provide.

    Like robots on an automotive assembly line, English AI can work 24 hours a day, doesn’t require benefits and can’t threaten its employer with a strike (yet). The future is upon us. We are now living in a world in which robots do many of the jobs we once thought the preserve of humans.

    The future will leave room for human teachers. The future of work is parlance that describes all the discussions on the potential impact that artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics will have on jobs, skills, and wages, as defined by the consulting firm McKinsey.

    This is one of the takeaways I had from the Friedman book, Thank you for being late. We will (are experiencing) digital disruption and displacement. There will be “robots” of all kinds in the future. The key will be developing individuals that can work with the robots, not be replaced by them.

    Schleicher identified critical thinking, communication, collaboration and problem solving as necessary for students to successfully adapt to a world that employs robots. “However, ‘soft skills’ — such as creative and collaborative problem solving, social skills, mature judgment, skepticism, and adaptability — will be more important than ever,” according to researchers at CRPE, which published a series of essays on the topic. Schleicher also identified invaluable compound skills that require multiple competencies such as digital literacy, computational thinking and entrepreneurialism.

     
  • Ian O'Byrne 9:22 pm on May 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    AI can now predict, shut down internet troll behavior 

    AI can now predict, shut down internet troll behavior (Big Think)

    A team from Cornell University looks to shut down the ongoing flamewar that has taken over, well, pretty much every public area of the internet.

    The Big Think notes:

    If you’ve been on the internet for more than 25 minutes, you’ve most likely run into someone saying something you disagree with. As most of us realize, this is part of adult life. The world was not built explicitly for us. Most (read: good) people might move on,  but many — about 30% of Americans — take the internet comment section as their own ideological battleground.

    A team at Cornell University has created an AI that could in the future root out online conversations going awry and nips them in the bud. After studying 1,200 Wikipedia Talk pages, they came upon a few surprising conclusions.

     
  • Ian O'Byrne 8:41 pm on April 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    How we can teach computers to make sense of our emotions 

    How we can teach computers to make sense of our emotions
    How can we make AI that people actually want to interact with? Raphael Arar suggests we start by making art. He shares interactive projects that help AI explore complex ideas like nostalgia, intuition and conversation — all working towards the goal of making our future technology just as much human as it is artificial.
     
  • Ian O'Byrne 12:59 am on April 6, 2018 Permalink
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    Will Artificial Intelligence Make Us Less Free? 

    Will Artificial Intelligence Make Us Less Free? (American Civil Liberties Union)

    Artificial intelligence is playing a growing role in our lives, in private and public spheres, in ways large and small.

    Artificial intelligence is playing a growing role in our lives, in private and public spheres, in ways large and small. Experts consider how the growing use of AI will impact civil liberties

     
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