Another way to understand some of these problems is to look at science-fiction writing – from Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" to George Orwell's "1984" and beyond, the storytellers of past ages have repeatedly warned us that technology could be put to both useful and problematic ends. One reason why so many experts and heads of IT companies are calling for "explainable artificial intelligence" and ethics panels is that they understand the issue – that if we don't control technologies thoroughly, we won't be able to trust them to any extent. Rather than helping us to achieve our goals, they could end up hurting us, partially by causing the kinds of social chaos that exists when we can't really get a handle on truth and reality. Part of the good news, though, is that technologies like blockchain, which provide transactional authentication, may help when applied to digital records.
It's 1492 and the printing press is starting to gain traction. This bothers a very select group of people very much. Monks, who had for hundreds of years been painstakingly copying out the scriptures word for word, are about to be replaced. A monk named Johannes Trithemius goes as far as writing an essay espousing the moral superiority of handwriting, claiming that handwritten books would last far longer than their printed counterparts. But nothing can stop the march of progress, and the printing press goes on to revolutionise the way we share information.
The outstanding scientist and academic Stephen Hawking once said, "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race". When such high-profile intellects discuss AI in this manner, it often sparks fear among the public and drastically influences their opinions on AI. Although Stephen Hawking's statement could to some extent be true, the human race is still so far from achieving full artificial intelligence, and not to mention if/when we do, there will be strict regulations to ensure the application of AI is safe, responsible and beneficial to us. AI is pervading our personal lives in more ways than you realise. Increasingly, people are turning to chatbots such as Siri to carry out tasks for ease and simplicity, from emailing a colleague to getting directions to the nearest petrol station.
When I began writing my book "The Deep Learning A.I. Playbook", I had given very little thought about the dangers of Artificial Intelligence (AI). I was fortunate however to be able to form a bit of an understanding to write a chapter about Human Compatible AI (A term Stuart Russell uses to frame the problem) as a bookend for my book. I have however, come to the realization that the A.I. problem is a problem that is inextricably intertwined with human civilization. It cannot be solved because present human civilization isn't structured in a manner that is aligned with the needs of humanity. You cannot achieve human beneficial A.I. without drastically remaking human civilization.
The possibility of creating sentient machines that can think and act like humans raises many ethical issues. We're already encountering reinforced human bias in AI algorithms and with autonomous "killer" robots looming on the horizon, an open discussion on the perils of unchecked AI is even more imperative. In celebration of Women's History Month, we've highlighted 12 brilliant women leading this much-needed discussion on AI & ethics and development of responsible AI solutions that will benefit everyone. Let me know of any others we should highlight in the comments below or tweet @MiaD #TiEInflect. First person on our list is Joy Buolamwini, founder of Algorithmic Justice League to fight bias in Machine Learning.
It's high time for government officials to get up to speed on the promise and potential pitfalls of artificial intelligence, two U.S. senators leading the charge said today. "I think we're entering an age where artificial intelligence is going to provide great benefits," Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., said during an AI conference presented in Washington, D.C., as part of The Washington Post's Transformers program. Cantwell compared the state of the AI field to the state of the internet or the drone industry during the early days, when policymakers weren't completely sure how those technologies were going to be used. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., acknowledged that members of Congress aren't sufficiently equipped to deal with all of the issues raised by AI. "I like a measure of humility from our legislators," he said. To remedy that gap, Cantwell and Young are among the sponsors of a bill known as the FUTURE of AI Act.
Humanity at a Crossroads--Artificial Intelligence is one of the most intriguing topics today, filled with various arguments and views on whether it's a blessing or a threat to humanity. We might be at the crossroads, but what if AI itself is already crossing the line? If we look at "I, Robot," a sci-fi film that takes place in Chicago circa 2035, highly intelligent robots powered by artificial intelligence fill public service positions and have taken over all the menial jobs, including garbage collection, cooking, and even dog walking throughout the world. The movie came out in 2004 starring Will Smith as Detective Del Spooner who eventually discovers a conspiracy in which AI-powered robots may enslave and hurt the human race. Stephen Hawking, famed physicist, also once stated: "Success in creating effective AI could be the biggest event in the history of our civilization.
I'm frequently asked about how somebody should prepare themselves for the future of work. It's a great question, and one that everybody should be asking themselves. But it's also a tough question, because there are a gazillion ways to skin an onion or peel a cat. You could ask 10,000,000 people and you'd get 10,000,000 answers - so how could anyone research that through a primary research survey? That's beyond the budgets we have here at the Center for the Future of Work.
Massachusetts Lodging Association President Paul Sacco dismissed Airbnb's criticism, saying it has "nothing to do with protecting middle class home sharing and everything to do with protecting the wealthy investor class hosts who have made it a big business to buy up scarce housing and convert it to illegal, unregulated and untaxed hotels at the expense of local residents and neighbors."