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Why Not Appoint an Algorithm to Your Corporate Board?

Slate

Though Elon Musk has famously warned humanity about the dangers of artificial intelligence, his shareholders might be well-served by having an algorithm on Tesla's board of directors. In recent years, Tesla has become a cautionary tale for how difficult it is for part-time directors to oversee charismatic, strong-willed CEOs--especially ones who are the founding visionaries of their companies. Given how Elon Musk has landed the company in hot water with the Securities and Exchange Commission with his erratic tweets and mocking disregard for the regulatory regime dictating the proper behavior of a publicly traded company, it's little wonder that Tesla's board has been accused of being "asleep at the wheel." Perhaps their seeming unwillingness to rein him in is due to the Tesla directors' personal loyalty to Musk. Or maybe they simply don't want to spend the time to "preapprove" Musk's tweets about the company, especially with the less conventional hours and fast pace the CEO keeps.


The latest 'Star Wars Battlefront II' mode mixes human and AI players

Engadget

DICE and EA are determined to keep Star Wars Battlefront II fresh a year after the loot box fiasco effectively came to an end. They're releasing an update on March 26th that introduces Capital Supremacy, a Clone Wars-era mode that includes AI characters for the first time in competitive Battlefront II matches. Two teams of 20 human players, each augmented by 12 computer-guided troopers, will race to invade each other's spaceships. It's a complex, multi-stage mode that could lead to prolonged fights if there are any big upsets. It starts out with a territory control phase on the ground.


Stanford's new AI institute is inadvertently showcasing one of tech's biggest problems

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The artificial intelligence industry is often criticized for failing to think through the social repercussions of its technology--think instituting gender and racial bias in everything facial-recognition software to hiring algorithms. On Monday (March 18), Stanford University launched a new institute meant to show its commitment to addressing concerns over the industry's lack of diversity and intersectional thinking. The Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI), which plans to raise $1 billion from donors to fund its initiatives, aims to give voice to professionals from fields ranging from the humanities and the arts to education, business, engineering, and medicine, allowing them to weigh in on the future of AI. "Now is our opportunity to shape that future by putting humanists and social scientists alongside people who are developing artificial intelligence," Stanford president Marc Tessier-Lavigne declared in a press release. But in trying to address AI's blind spots, the institute has been accused of replicating its biases. Of the 121 faculty members initially announced as part of the institute, more than 100 appeared to be white, and a majority were male.


How Do We Create Artificial Intelligence That Is More Human?

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LIKU baby humanoid robots are demonstrated on the Torooc Inc. stand on the opening day of the MWC Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain, on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. At the wireless industry's biggest conference, over 100,000 people are set to see the latest innovations in smartphones, artificial intelligence devices and autonomous drones exhibited by more than 2,400 companies. On February 11, 2019, President Trump signed an executive order on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence and in February 2019, a survey by Protiviti called Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning indicated that only 16% of business leaders surveyed are getting significant value from advanced artificial intelligence (AI) in their companies. The report also found that companies of all sizes and across industries are investing heavily in advanced AI with an average of $36M spent in the fiscal year 2018. Of those same companies surveyed, 10% plan to increase their budgets over the next two years.


Self-driving tanks and swarms of deadly drones are being developed by Russia

Daily Mail

An army of'killer robots' that will assist infantry on the battlefield has been unveiled in propaganda footage released by Russia The video, released by the Kremlin, appears to showcase the state's latest drone technology. That includes and AI-controlled driverless tank that follow the aim of a soldier's rifle to obliterate targets with its own weaponry. Russia's Advanced Research Foundation (ARF) said the ultimate goal is to have an army of robots entirely controlled by Artificial Intelligence algorithms. Currently the drones are deployed alongside infantry who remotely control the vehicles, but in the future the tech will be fully autonomous. That means the military hardware will be able to target and kill enemies without any human intervention.


Ethics, Computing, and AI: Perspectives from MIT

MIT News

"We face ethical questions every day. Philosophy does not provide easy answers for these questions, nor even fail-safe techniques for resolving them. What it does provide is a disciplined way to think about ethical questions, to identify hidden moral assumptions, and to establish principles by which our actions may be guided and judged. Framing a discussion of the risks of advanced technology entirely in terms of ethics suggests that the problems raised are ones that can and should be solved by individual action. In fact, many of the challenges presented by computer science will prove difficult to address without systemic change." Action: Moral philosophers can serve both as teachers in the new College and as advisers/consultants on project teams.


What Is Artificial Intelligence And Its Impact On Accounting

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AI application include expert systems, machine vision, and speech recognition. ATI Solo Travel Packages 3. AI enables humans to make predictions based on patterns and data AI helps you with mundane tasks that you need to accomplish on a daily basis Since AI helps in intensive data you get more time to focus on complex tasks AI is a good fit for those industries that require an error- free approach like in accounting industry BENEFITS OF AI 4. Accounting profession has existed since the pre-historic times.During it's long journey, it has seen many transformations as a result of the changing world and the resources available. Accounting software exhibits superior performance in comparison to traditional method of pen-paper based accounting. This evolution of technology led to the digitization of the entire accounting process. These software uses AI capabilities to automate tasks such as data entry, account payable, reconciliation, and more.


Can you murder a robot?

BBC News

Back in 2015, a hitchhiker was murdered on the streets of Philadelphia. It was no ordinary crime. The hitchhiker in question was a little robot called Hitchbot. The "death" raised an interesting question about human-robot relationship - not so much whether we can trust robots but whether the robots can trust us. The answer, it seems, was no.


The Future of Cybersecurity is A.I. vs. A.I.

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Nicole Eagan believes a robot uprising draws nigh. As the chief executive of Darktrace, a cybersecurity "unicorn," or private firm valued at more than $1 billion, Eagan helps companies spot intruders in corporate networks, quarantine them, and defend data. The British firm's technology uses machine learning techniques to gain an understanding of the internal state of customers' networks and then watches for telltale deviations from the norm that may indicate foul play. While Darktrace uses A.I. techniques for defense, the company anticipates that thieves and spies will soon catch up. "I expect that we're going to see artificial intelligence used by the attackers," says Eagan, noting that there already have been "early glimpses" of that future coming to pass.


How Human Intelligence Differs From Artificial Intelligence

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Through my Twitter and on LinkedIn feeds I see a lot of postings about technology. Many (primarily technology experts) write about the massive potential of technologies, for example Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, Cloud, Internet of Things (IoT), mobile and other technologies. In the current blog I will refer specifically to AI, not to other technologies. Other people write about AI in a way that implies that they fear AI; that AI is a risk, maybe more than an opportunity. Articles with titles like "Robots will take our jobs. We'd better plan now, before it's too late" can create fear, especially when non-tech-experts read the title on Twitter, absorb the connotation "robots danger for my job", without reading the full article and doing additional research on the topic.