Tag: digital world

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 ...

Apple vs. FBI: The tip of the iceberg as laws can’t keep up with tech

“This is a prelude of things to come, not only with encryption technologies, but everything from artificial intelligence to drones, robotics, and synthetic biology. Technology is moving faster than our ability to understand it and there is no consensus on what is ethical. It isn’t just the lawmakers who are ...

What if we don’t need advertising at all? Via Medium

“In the past we put up with being annoyed and yelled at by advertising. And now we’re putting up with being spied on and guessed at, personally, as well. But we don’t have to put up with any of it any more. That’s another thing digital life makes possible, even ...

The Technium: Why Kevin Kelly does not worry about a Super AI (and I quite disagree on that)

I like kk’s work but this dead-wrong !  Still — a good read. Read more about what I call ‘reductionism’ “The clear ethical programing AIs need to follow will force us to bear down and be much clearer about why we believe what we think we believe. Under what conditions do we ...

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