How can technology that we are able to build with today’s tools help us to solve the big problems of individuals, organizations, and the world at large? More specifically: How can we use the internet in the best way to improve our collective problem-solving capabilities? Questions like these don’t seem to be asked very often, perhaps because people usually focus on specific problems, rather than general problem-solving in its own right.
The idea that our ability to reflect has been outsourced to algorithms may seem hyperbolic. We assume we have agency regarding the choices we make, influenced by the paradigm of personalization but not subsumed within a Matrix of someone else’s making.
But how do you know? Have you created a list of activities you’d never delegate? Could you even discern where your moral boundaries end and codified biases begin?
While welcoming the feedback that sensors, data and Artificial Intelligence provide, we’re at a critical inflection point. Demarcating the parameters between assistance and automation has never been more central to human well-being. But today, beauty is in the AI of the beholder. Desensitized to the value of personal data, we hemorrhage precious insights regarding our identity that define the moral nuances necessary to navigate algorithmic modernity.
If no values-based standards exist for Artificial Intelligence, then the biases of its manufacturers will define our universal code of human ethics. But this should not be their cross to bear alone. It’s time to stop vilifying the AI community and start defining in concert with their creations what the good life means surrounding our consciousness and code.
César visits the RSA to present a new view of the relationship between individual and collective knowledge, linking information theory, economics and biology...
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"César visits the RSA to present a new view of the relationship between individual and collective knowledge, linking information theory, economics and biology to explain the deep evolution of social and economic systems.
In a radical rethink of what an economy is, one of WIRED magazine’s 50 People Who Could Change the World, César Hidalgo argues that it is the measure of a nation’s cultural complexity – the nexus of people, ideas and invention - rather than its GDP or per-capita income, that explains the success or failure of its economic performance. To understand the growth of economies, Hidalgo argues, we first need to understand the growth of order itself."
Google is now using artificial intelligence (AI) to better understand search queries, so what implications will machine learning have for marketing? Last week, Google told Bloomberg News that a "very large fraction" of queries is now being interpreted by an AI system called RankBrain.
I consider Ray Kurzweil a very close friend and a very smart person. Ray is a brilliant technologist, futurist, and a director of engineering at Google focused on AI and language processing. He has also made more correct (and documented) technolo...
September 18, 2015 | Wallach describes the dangers of technology The Stute His reasons included the fact that humanity's reliance on complex systems is increasing, the pace for discovery and innovation is too rapid, and that there are a plethora of...
In the drive to safeguard data from future quantum computers, cryptographers have stumbled upon a thin red line between security and efficiency. The post The Tricky Encryption That Could Stump Quantum Computers appeared first on WIRED.
Seventy thousand years ago, our human ancestors were insignificant animals, just minding their own business in a corner of Africa with all the other animals. But now, few would disagree that humans dominate planet Earth; we've spread to every continent, and our actions determine the fate of other animals (and possibly Earth itself). How did we get from there to here? Historian Yuval Noah Harari suggests a surprising reason for the rise of humanity.
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