Researchers say social, ethical and political concerns in the UK about artificial intelligence (AI) are mounting and greater oversight is urgently needed, according to the Guardian. Otherwise, we could expect to see the kind of social disruption that greeted the advent of genetically-modified (GM) foods during the past decades. The Guardian's report notes that there are no testing standards or requirement for AI to explain their decisions. There is also no organisation equipped to monitor and … [Read more...] about Artificial intelligence risks GM-style public backlash, experts warn
The Guardian reports on a rise in complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the UK advertising regulator, who says ‘influencers’ on social media sites such as Instagram and Twitter fail to declare that they are being paid to publicise products. The newspaper defines 'influencers' thus: Social media celebrities who have large and engaged followings online. They get paid money to publicise products and can command tens of thousands for one post. This is about disclosure where … [Read more...] about Social media stars breaching rules on promoting brands, watchdog says
In the 2004 science fiction film I, Robot, the police detective hero played by Will Smith is in a car crash resulting in his vehicle and another sinking in a river. The other car contains a trapped 12-year-old girl. With imminent death by drowning confronting both characters, a rescue robot appears and rescues the hero from his doomed car but leaves the girl to die. Why? Because, the robot's logic tells it, her survival was statistically less likely than the Will Smith character's. This … [Read more...] about Who should die when a driverless car crashes? Q&A ponders the future
How did we manage before Twitter? is a question I often hear, asked by a range of different people from casual personal users to immersed influence marketers. I've found it a great tool over the past decade to help me connect with others, share thoughts and opinions, bookmark ideas and join up the dots in conversations. It's that latter aspect that is especially useful thanks to the hashtag, a device created by Chris Messina that came to the fore a decade ago as a means of connecting people … [Read more...] about #Hashtag10: the best hashtag fails in a decade
This article titled "Artificial intelligence survey finds UK public broadly optimistic" was written by Ian Sample Science editor, for theguardian.com on Monday 24th April 2017 23.01 UTCApart from fears of mass unemployment, accidents with machinery, restrictions on freedom, increased economic inequality and a devalued human experience, the public are broadly optimistic about the arrival of artificial intelligence, according to one of the first surveys of British opinions about the technology. … [Read more...] about Artificial intelligence survey finds UK public broadly optimistic
Does being scared about AI have more to do with our fear of each other than with killer robots? Perhaps what we're seeing now isn’t an anxiety about artificial intelligence per se, it’s about what it says about us. A compelling view from Intel's head of sensing and insights that may change how you see the evolving role of AI in contemporary society. Indeed, of our role. This article titled "Genevieve Bell: ‘Humanity’s greatest fear is about being irrelevant’" was written by Ian … [Read more...] about Genevieve Bell: ‘Humanity’s greatest fear is about being irrelevant’
Designed with strong technical expertise and high intelligence, it’s not so far-fetched that the robots of the future could outperform human managers. This article titled "Why a robot could be the best boss you've ever had" was written by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, for theguardian.com on Friday 9th September 2016 07.00 UTCWould you like to work for a robot? Although the automation of skilled jobs is a reality, your boss is probably (still) a human. Even though the most optimistic artificial … [Read more...] about Why a robot could be the best boss you’ve ever had
This article titled "Facial recognition – a powerful ad tool or privacy nightmare?" was written by Sean Hargrave, for theguardian.com on Wednesday 17th August 2016 11.30 UTCWhenever the future of advertising is discussed, thoughts often turn to the sci-fi image of a stalked Tom Cruise in Minority Report being recognised and served intrusive, personalised advertising as he tries to escape a futuristic city. Hence, recent claims by Russian app FindFace that it could identify people in public by … [Read more...] about Facial recognition – a powerful ad tool or privacy nightmare?