Technology vs Humanity: the coming clash of man and machine

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Are you ready for the greatest changes in recent human history? Futurism meets humanism in Gerd Leonhard's ground-breaking new work of critical observation, discussing the multiple Megashifts that will radically alter not just our society and economy but our values and our biology. Wherever you stand on the scale between technomania and nostalgia for a lost world, this is a book to challenge, provoke, warn and inspire. From two decades of traveling the world and speaking about future scenarios across many industries and cultures, Futurist Gerd Leonhard has acquired unique foresights and intuition into where the world is rapidly going. As technology develops at an exponential pace and redefines the way we work, live and even think, he explores the myriad unasked questions we should have been posing some time ago.


Preparing for our posthuman future of artificial intelligence

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"Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it." What will happen as we enter the era of human augmentation, artificial intelligence and government-by-algorithm? James Barrat, author of Our Final Invention, said: "Coexisting safely and ethically with intelligent machines is the central challenge of the twenty-first century." A lot of folks are earnestly exploring the topic. "Will scientists soon be able to create supercomputers that can read a newspaper with understanding, or write a news story, or create novels, or even formulate laws?" asks J. Storrs Hall in Beyond AI: Creating the Conscience of the Machine (2007). "And if machine intelligence advances beyond human intelligence, will we need to start talking about a computer's intentions?" Sharing this concern, SpaceX/Tesla entrepreneur Elon Musk has joined with Y Combinator founder Sam Altman to establish OpenAI, an endeavor that aims to keep artificial intelligence research -- and its products -- accountable by maximizing transparency and openness. Among the most-worried is Swiss author Gerd Leonhard, whose new book Technology Vs. Humanity: The Coming Clash Between Man and Machine, coins an interesting term, "androrithm," to contrast with the algorithms that are implemented in every digital calculating engine or computer. Some foresee algorithms ruling the world with the inexorable automaticity of reflex, and Leonhard asks: "Will we live in a world where data and algorithms triumph over androrithms… i.e., all that stuff that makes us human?"


Digital transformation must be balanced by humans and ethics

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Digital transformation isn't just about technology - it's also about humans, and telcos need to find the right balance between the two in order to successfully transform. That was the message from Gerd Leonhard, futurist and CEO of The Futures Agency, during a keynote at the morning plenary of the CommunicAsia2016 Summit on Wednesday. Leonhard said that digital transformation is being driven by technology trends such as exponential connectivity (i.e. the Internet of Things), big data, intelligence (intelligent assistants and AI), and man-machine convergence. An example of the latter is the rise of the smart device as an external brain, and the cloud as a global brain. "This is changing how we interact with computers - we touch them and speak to them," he said.


Preparing for our posthuman future of artificial intelligence

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What will happen as we enter the era of human augmentation, artificial intelligence and government-by-algorithm? James Barrat, author of Our Final Invention, said: "Coexisting safely and ethically with intelligent machines is the central challenge of the twenty-first century." A lot of folks are earnestly exploring the topic. "Will scientists soon be able to create supercomputers that can read a newspaper with understanding, or write a news story, or create novels, or even formulate laws?" asks J. Storrs Hall in Beyond AI: Creating the Conscience of the Machine (2007). "And if machine intelligence advances beyond human intelligence, will we need to start talking about a computer's intentions?" Sharing this concern, SpaceX/Tesla entrepreneur Elon Musk has joined with Y Combinator founder Sam Altman to establish OpenAI, an endeavor that aims to keep artificial intelligence research -- and its products -- accountable by maximizing transparency and openness. Among the most-worried is Swiss author Gerd Leonhard, whose new book Technology Vs. Humanity: The Coming Clash Between Man and Machine, coins an interesting term, "androrithm," to contrast with the algorithms that are implemented in every digital calculating engine or computer. Some foresee algorithms ruling the world with the inexorable automaticity of reflex, and Leonhard asks: "Will we live in a world where data and algorithms triumph over androrithms…i.e., all that stuff that makes us human?"


Can We Balance Human Ethics With Artificial Intelligence? - Techonomy

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You are driving along and your car's brakes suddenly fail. If it swerves to the left, three old men and two elderly women will die. If the car veers to the right, it kills a woman doctor, two babies and a boy and girl. This question is part of MIT Media Lab's "moral machine," a platform for gathering peoples' opinions on moral decisions made by machine intelligence, such as self-driving cars. In the coming age of automation and artificial intelligence (AI), such life and death decisions and many other complicated ones will increasingly be made by machines rather than people.