We Need Computers with Empathy

MIT Technology Review

I was rehearsing a speech for an AI conference recently when I happened to mention Amazon Alexa. At which point Alexa woke up and announced: "Playing Selena Gomez." I had to yell "Alexa, stop!" a few times before she even heard me. But Alexa was oblivious to my annoyance. Like the majority of virtual assistants and other technology out there, she's clueless about what we're feeling.

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Human AI Collaboration: A Dynamic Frontier Partnerships Between Human and Artificial Intelligence November 1, 2017 8:30a-5:30p Stanford University, Mckenzie Room (3rd FL Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center) Paid Registration Required If you are a mediaX member or are faculty, staff or student of Stanford, please email Addy Dawes for a special registration code. In a few decades, we've gone from machines that can execute a plan to machines that can plan. We've gone from computers as servants to computers as collaborators and team members. Even teams of highly competent people struggle to clarify goals, understand each other in conversations, define roles and responsibilities, and adapt when necessary. Determining what we want from collaboration is sometimes the hardest task.

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Machine learning algorithms work blindly towards the mathematical objective set by their designers. It is vital that this task include the need to behave ethically. Such systems are exploding in popularity. Companies use them to decide what news you see and who you meet online dating. Governments are starting to roll out machine learning to help deliver government services and to select individuals for audit.

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A basic understanding of how it is affecting our culture is critical for business, students, sales representatives and professionals. It is a topic that inspires St. Andrews alumnus Martin Brossman to gather big-picture insights which he will share in his presentation at noon on Friday, October 20 in LA104 on the Laurinburg campus. "There has never been any other time in life when so many aspects of our world are focused on advancing artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning as today," Martin Brossman said, "I believe students and professionals need a basic understanding of how Machine Learning and AI are progressing today because its influence on our life is growing rapidly. As our world gets more automated and AI gains greater dominance in our society, working on enhancing our best human qualities will give us a competitive advantage." About the Friday Science Series "Friday Science at St. Andrews seminar series consists of a seminar most Friday's of each semester.

AI's influence is more than what you think! A look into the current implications of Artificial Intelligence.


No two students are the same. The strength, weakness and understanding level of every student is different. But do the study materials consider this as a factor? Whether you are a slow learner or a quick one, traditional textbooks can only teach you content one way. What if there is a change to this.

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Ethics by numbers: how to build machine learning that cares


You may have heard that algorithms will take over the world. But how are they operating right now? We take a look in our series on Algorithms at Work. Machine learning algorithms work blindly towards the mathematical objective set by their designers. It is vital that this task include the need to behave ethically.

A new chatbot will help with depression--and it's backed by one of the biggest names in AI


I'm a little embarrassed to admit this, but I've been seeing a virtual therapist. It's called Woebot, and it's a Facebook chatbot developed by Stanford University researchers that offers interactive cognitive behavioral therapy. And Andrew Ng, a prominent figure who previously led efforts to develop and apply the latest AI technologies at Google and Baidu, is now lending his backing to the project by joining the board of directors of the company offering its services. "If you look at the societal need, as well as the ability of AI to help, I think that digital mental-health care checks all the boxes," Ng says. "If we can take a little bit of the insight and empathy [of a real therapist] and deliver that, at scale, in a chatbot, we could help millions of people."

At The HUB, a celebration of art, technology, and innovation

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The central hub of Boston's 2017 HUBweek celebration last week was a remarkable sight: a sprawling village of over 80 shipping containers transformed into a brightly painted celebration of art, technology, and innovation, bustling with people exploring the towering crates. Perhaps no container better celebrated the intersection of art and technology than the MIT -- For a Better World exhibit, where visitors could watch colorful murals come to life with augmented reality and talk to student researchers about technology ranging from a rubbery robot that identifies leaky pipes, to an ankle exoskeleton that gives walkers a boost. The exhibit embodied the MIT Campaign for a Better World, which has a simple goal: to use the vision and talent of people at MIT to take on urgent global challenges. "The idea that MIT is working to make a better world is something that we want to get out to the greater community beyond MIT," explains Barbara Malec, MIT's creative director of Resource Development and one of the masterminds behind the display. "I think the more people know about and experience MIT, the more broadly we can continue our tradition of delivering new knowledge and solutions to the world."

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