Will AI Achieve Consciousness? Wrong Question

When Norbert Wiener, the father of cybernetics, wrote his book The Human Use of Human Beings in 1950, vacuum tubes were still the primary electronic building blocks, and there were only a few actual computers in operation. Read full Article

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AI Ethics: Seven Traps

The question of how to ensure that technological innovation in machine learning and artificial intelligence leads to ethically desirable—or, more minimally, ethically defensible—impacts on society has generated much public debate in recent years. Read full Article

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Ethics guidelines for trustworthy AI

Trustworthy AI should respect all applicable laws and regulations, as well as a series of requirements; specific assessment lists aim to help verify the application of each of the key requirements: Human agency and oversight: AI systems should enable equitable societies by supporting human agency an Read full Article

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The engineering of living organisms could soon start changing everything

BIOLOGY IS A way of structuring matter at a molecular scale by slotting each atom into its needful place. It is a way of controlling flows of energy on every scale from that of the smallest living cell to that of the whole living planet. Read full Article

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Why the Future Belongs to Polymaths

Aristotle practically invented half a dozen fields of study across philosophy. Galileo was as much a physicist as he was an engineer when he helped kick-start the scientific revolution. Da Vinci… Read full Article

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Elon Musk: The Architect of Tomorrow

Inside the inventor’s world-changing plans to inhabit outer space, revolutionize high-speed transportation, reinvent cars — and hopefully find love along the wayBy It’s mid-afternoon on a Friday at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, and three of… Read full Article

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‘Bias deep inside the code’: the problem with AI ‘ethics’ in Silicon Valley

When Stanford announced a new artificial intelligence institute, the university said the “designers of AI must be broadly representative of humanity” and unveiled 120 faculty and tech leaders partnering on the initiative. Read full Article

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Robots on the run

Young animals gallop across fields, climb trees and immediately find their feet with enviable grace after they fall1. Read full Article

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Robots Can Manage Your Money. But Even They Need Humans.

The robots may need some help from humans after all. The rise of so-called roboadvisers has been among the most significant changes to how consumers obtain financial planning advice in the past several years. Read full Article

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The Frontier of Business Growth and Security is Ethics — Part I: Why

Social media and other digital disruptions have changed the world forever. Now, like it or not, transparency is king. One outcome of this massive shift is that ethics are no longer a nice to have; rather they are something for every board and leader to grapple with. Read full Article

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21 Awesome Quotes on Intuition

“It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover.” – Henri Poincare “Intuition becomes increasingly valuable in the new information society precisely because there is so much data.” – John Naisbitt “A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something. Read full Article

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The big business of living forever

People have been trying to live forever for … basically forever. But cheating death has always been a particular obsession for the rich. Read full Article

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Turing Institute AI director discusses the ethical issues of artificial intelligence

There has been a 14-fold increase in the number of active AI start-ups since 2000 and with this number constantly rising, the ethical issues surrounding the use of artificial intelligence need to be addressed Artificial intelligence has become a ubiquitous term in the technology sector and while ma Read full Article

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The man who helped invent virtual assistants thinks they’re doomed without a new AI approach

Siri, Alexa, Google Home—technology that parses language is increasingly finding its way into everyday life. Boris Katz, a principal research scientist at MIT, isn’t that impressed. Over the past 40 years, Katz has made key contributions to the linguistic abilities of machines. Read full Article

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says ‘we should be excited about automation’

New York congressional representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez believes that people should welcome robots taking their jobs — but not the economic system that can make it financially devastating. During a talk at SXSW, an audience member asked Ocasio-Cortez about the threat of automated labor. Read full Article

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Automation will change the world of work – but probably for the better

Much has been written about the “future of work,” and much of it makes for gloomy reading. Study after study predicts that automation will upend entire industries and leave millions unemployed. Read full Article

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Facebook deletes, and then restores, Elizabeth Warren’s ads criticizing the platform, drawing her rebuke

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat vying for the presidency, didn’t have to search far and wide for ammunition in her salvo against Facebook and other technology giants. Read full Article

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Here’s how we can break up Big Tech

Twenty-five years ago, Facebook, Google, and Amazon didn’t exist. Now they are among the most valuable and well-known companies in the world. It’s a great story — but also one that highlights why the… Read full Article

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Editing the human genome: do the risks outweigh the rewards?

In November last year, the international scientific community was shocked by the announcement by He Jiankui, a CRISPR scientist, that he and his team at the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen had created the first “gene-edited babies”. Read full Article

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AI is Here and We’re Losing the War

For many months now I have directed my anger against many groups and people. Read full Article

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