Tag: digital ethics

Welcome to the new feudalism – with Silicon Valley as our overlords | Evgeny Morozov

“Advertising might have been a necessary evil to get these companies off the ground, but there is no reason to stick with it for ever, especially if – and when – they manage to destroy all competition and make the world dependent on their platforms.” Welcome to the new feudalism – ...

You Can’t Escape Data Surveillance In America (via The Atlantic)

“We peer into a future where our software spies on us, our data defines us, and our hardware reinforces existing power imbalances. What’s slowing it down are a federal agency whose remedies often feel unsatisfactory, and a cohort of attorneys whose motivations are of course capitalistic. And while it’s tempting ...

Mark Zuckerberg thinks AI will start outperforming humans in the next decade

“Zuckerberg sees bots stepping in for customer service reps and personal assistants. “One way that I think you’re going to see bots work, between people who are actually driving the businesses directly will need to in some way train or answer questions for people, but we can build artificial intelligence ...

The Threats That Artificial Intelligence Researchers Actually Worry About – good read

“A.I. safety researchers strongly disagree: There is no reason to believe that we will be able to control generally intelligent, let alone superintelligent, systems. In fact, we have no idea of what a world with (super)intelligent machines would be like. But we have at least a good idea of potentially ...

The Philosophical Argument Against A.I. Killing Us All..?

“there’s another counterargument to be made based on the philosophy of ethics. Until an A.I. has feelings, it’s going to be unable to want to do anything at all, let alone act counter to humanity’s interests and fight off human resistance. Wanting is essential to any kind of independent action. ...

The funny things happening on the way to singularity (via TechCrunch)

Quite a statement: “Machines will be better at math, science and engineering than we will.” You can kill it with labor, or you can kill it with technology.” It’s a phrase I’ve uttered so many times in my career, I should print it on the back of my business card.  What most ...

Imperial Ambitions: Mark Zuckerberg and AI (must-read via The Economist)

The key message:  “In a decade’s time computing seems likely to take the form of AR interfaces mediated by AI, using gestures and speech for inputs and the whole world as its display” Imperial ambitions (via The Economist): Mark Zuckerberg prepares to fight for dominance of the next era of computing… And some ...

Medium and Twitter founder Ev Williams says it all: ‘We put junk food in front of them and they eat it’

A very interesting bottom line! It’s understandable why media on the web is like it is today,” Williams tells the Guardian. “That’s not to say there’s not a lot of great stuff out there, but a lot of people are dissatisfied with it. A lot of journalists who want to do ...

After 20 Years, It’s Harder to Ignore the Digital Economy’s Dark Side – Don Tapscott nails it pretty well

Don Tapscott has done some great work over the years, and has generally been very positive about technology so it’s quite sobering to read his conclusion – but spot on. Kudos! Technological utopians are being proven wrong by the facts: technology does not create prosperity, good democracy, and justice — humans ...

Everything You Know About Artificial Intelligence is Wrong (good gizmodo read)

“NYU research psychologist Gary Marcus has said that “virtually everyone” who works in AI believes that machines will eventually overtake us: “The only real difference between enthusiasts and skeptics is a time frame.” Futurists like Ray Kurzweil think it could happen within a couple of decades, while others say it ...

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