New Podcast! Chapter 7: The Digital Obesity Pandemic

Here is our latest podcast based on Chapter 7 of Gerd’s best-selling book Technology vs Humanity (Now available in 11 languages!) This week Peter and I covered the topic of digital obesity. We define this as being a mental and technological condition in which data, information, media, and general digital connectedness are being accumulated to such an extent … Continue reading "New Podcast! Chapter 7: The Digital Obesity Pandemic"

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Zuckerberg Wants Facebook to Build a Mind-Reading Machine

“The idea is to allow people to use their thoughts to navigate intuitively through augmented reality—the neuro-driven version of the world recently described by Kevin Kelly. No typing, no speaking, even, to distract you or slow you down as you interact with digital additions to the landscape: driving instructions superimposed over the freeway, short biographies … Continue reading "Zuckerberg Wants Facebook to Build a Mind-Reading Machine"

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Mark Zuckerberg And The Tech World Still Do Not Understand Ethics

Derek Lidow writes a great piece for Forbes, Mark Zuckerberg And The Tech World Still Do Not Understand Ethics. Here’s an excerpt: “Expectations for technology startups encourage expedient, not ethical, decision making. As people in the industry are fond of saying, the tech world moves at “lightspeed.” That includes the pace of innovation, the rise and … Continue reading "Mark Zuckerberg And The Tech World Still Do Not Understand Ethics"

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From efficiency to human agency: Azeem Azhar and Gerd Leonhard on AI

Azeem Azhar and Gerd Leonhard had a good chat last week. It was a wide-ranging conversation on AI and its potential dangers to humanity – so I thought I would share a few notes on the talk. You can listen to the full podcast here.  The discussion was not about the usual killer robots and singularity stuff, … Continue reading "From efficiency to human agency: Azeem Azhar and Gerd Leonhard on AI"

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The concept of the Ethical Vendor: accountable, auditable and ethical

Last week, Niccolo Mejia shared in interesting view of the usage of facial recognition in financial applications. He listed three categories: Verifying identity for loan approval, authentication for digital wallets and blockchain enabled applications, and matching similar faces for marketing campaigns. The visual that captured our attention was a screenshot from Kairos, a Miami-based facial recognition … Continue reading "The concept of the Ethical Vendor: accountable, auditable and ethical"

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