Category: DigitalEthics

Why AI Is the ‘New Electricity’ – Knowledge@Wharton

  ““AI is the new electricity,” said Andrew Ng, co-founder of Coursera and an adjunct Stanford professor who founded the Google Brain Deep Learning Project, in a keynote speech at the AI Frontiers conference that was held this past weekend in Silicon Valley. “About 100 years ago, electricity transformed every major ...

You will lose your job to a robot—and sooner than you think (a rather dark view but… worth reading), via MotherJones

  “Until we figure out how to fairly distribute the fruits of robot labor, it will be an era of mass joblessness and mass poverty.” You will lose your job to a robot—and sooner than you think http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/10/you-will-lose-your-job-to-a-robot-and-sooner-than-you-think/ via Instapaper  

Resisting Reduction: a must-read manifesto by Joi Ito

  “Nature’s ecosystem provides us with an elegant example of a complex adaptive system where myriad “currencies” interact and respond to feedback systems that enable both flourishing and regulation. This collaborative model–rather than a model of exponential financial growth or the Singularity, which promises the transcendence of our current human condition ...

Was Saudi Arabia wrong to give citizenship to a robot? (I’d say yes, too)

  “It seems foolish and misguided to give a robot an official government status that creates any semblance of equality to an actual human. Machines aren’t people; even if you believe in the singularity we’re not there yet. Sophia is no more human than an old shoe. The robot won’t be subject ...

Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops (via the NYT)

  “An extensive examination by The New York Times indicates that the debate has missed a more basic problem — genetic modification in the United States and Canada has not accelerated increases in crop yields or led to an overall reduction in the use of chemical pesticides. The promise of genetic modification ...

The Real Story of Automation Beginning with One Simple Chart (Via Scott Santens)

  “What should be immediately apparent is that as the number of oil rigs declined due to falling oil prices, so did the number of workers the oil industry employed. But when the number of oil rigs began to rebound, the number of workers employed didn’t. That observation itself should be ...

This Cardiologist Is Betting That His Lab-Grown Meat Startup Can Solve the Global Food Crisis (made me think)

  “Meat without animals. It’s not a new notion. In a 1932 essay predicting sundry future trends, Winston Churchill wrote, “We shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium.” The basic science to ...

Slide-deck from my presentation at Mayo Clinic Rochester: 2017 Rewoldt Lecture: the future of technology and democracy

Here it is – big thanks to the Rewoldt family for supporting this event, and to the Mayo Clinic for bringing me here! mayo clinic gerd leonhard rewoldt lecture technology democracy the future PUBLIC low res  17MB PDF  

In our focus on the digital, have we lost our sense of what being human means? Nice post by Genevieve Bell

  “We will need new practitioners to tame and manage the emerging data-driven digital world, as well as those to regulate and govern them. Rather than just tweaking existing disciplines, we need to develop a new set of critical questions and perspectives. Working out how to navigate our humanity in the ...

Made me think: The new Luddites: why former digital prophets are turning against tech

  “In 1967 Lewis Mumford spoke presciently of the possibility of a “mega-machine” that would result from “the convergence of science, technics and political power”. Pynchon picked up the theme: “If our world survives, the next great challenge to watch out for will come – you heard it here first – ...

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