Category: Artificial Intelligence

AI May Soon Replace Even the Most Elite Consultants (made me think)

According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), a new partnership between UBS Wealth Management and Amazon allows some of UBS’s European wealth-management clients to ask Alexa certain financial and economic questions. Alexa will then answer their queries with the information provided by UBS’s chief investment office without even having to ...

New video: the best moments from Gerd Leonhard’s 2017 keynotes and presentations, all in one clip (AI, TechvsHuman, Digital Transformation ++)

I am delighted to announce the publication of a new short film featuring the best moments from over 100 keynotes during the past 2 years (mostly from 2017), covering my key topics such as the global brain, exponential change, the megashifts, digital transformation, technology vs humanity (and of course, my new ...

Meet Futurist Gerd Leonhard in London October 4: Keynote at BREAKOUT2017: Ethical codes for a digital age

I am delighted to be able to contribute to this unique event in London, on October 4 2017 (for more details and updates go here). My keynote will be on AI and other exponential technologies, in the context of digital ethics. Get your tickets. Digital technologies are disrupting the world around ...

Why Voice Assistants Will Give You a Headache (great read via Backchannel / Wired)

  “Picture this: It’s evening and, after a long day at the office, you’re finally home. You’re cutting some avocados as you prepare dinner when your voice assistant pipes up and reads you an important email that just came in. Without breaking your chopping stride, you dictate a reply—perfecting your guacamole ...

The age of AI surveillance is here (via QZ.com – made me think)

  “Facial recognition in still images and video is already seeping into the real world. Baidu is starting a program where facial recognition is used instead of tickets for events. The venue knows who you are, maybe from a picture you upload or your social media profile, sees your face when ...

Why Mercedes’ decision to let its self-driving cars kill pedestrians is probably the right thing to do (says Bloomberg )

  In an interview with Car and Driver, the manager of driver assistance systems at Mercedes-Benz Christoph von Hugo has revealed that the company’s future autonomous vehicles will always put the driver first. In other words, it would choose to run the child over every time. Although the fact someone has to ...

New video: Futurist Gerd Leonhard in conversation with AT&T’s John Donovan (AT&T Shape LA)

John Donovan (AT&T’s Chief Strategy Officer and Group President) and me had a pretty cool chat about technology, connectivity, media, creativity and humanity – check it out below. I love John’s statement ‘…I guess it is fair to say that you are an optimist”. Indeed.  More details about the event here ...

Why the Singularity is certain to happen in my own lifetime, and how it matters (Futurist/Humanist Gerd Leonhard)

I recently came to an important realisation: I will most likely see the so-called Singularity happen in my own lifetime. I’m 56, and I believe that this inflection point at which computers, ‘thinking machines’ and AI become infinitely and recursively powerful is no more than 20-25 years away, at most ...

The Real Risks of AI – via NewCo Shift (food for thought)

One definition of AI, which is most frequently used in business and academic contexts, is a discipline of computer science that entails using computers in which the system (ie: a machine) learns from data. AGI can be something that we have virtually no understanding or recognition of, but which may ...

The DeepMind debacle demands dialogue on data – AI will falter without a public consensus around the role of data

Innovations such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and the Internet of Things offer great opportunities, but will falter without a public consensus around the role of data. To develop this, all data collectors and crunchers must be open and transparent. Consider how public confidence in genetic modification was lost in ...

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