Here’s what you don’t want to do late on a Sunday night. You do not want to type seven letters into Google. That’s all I did. I typed: “a-r-e”. And then “j-e-w-s”. Since 2008, Google has attempted to predict what question you might be asking and offers you a choice. And this is what it did. It offered me a choice of potential questions it thought I might want to ask: “are jews a race?”, “are jews white?”, “are jews christians?”, and finally, “are jews evil?” Are Jews evil? It’s not a question I’ve ever thought of asking. I hadn’t gone looking for it. But there it was. I press enter. A page of results appears. This was Google’s question. And this was Google’s answer: Jews are evil. Because there, on my screen, was the proof: an entire page of results, nine out of 10 of which “confirm” this. The top result, from a site called Listovative, has the headline: … [Read more...] about Google, democracy and the truth about internet search
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You might not expect to find a player named Libratus around a poker table in a high-stakes game of no-limit Texas Hold’em. Yet it was Libratus – an artificial intelligence (AI) – that emerged triumphant from a gruelling 20-day tournament that culminated late last Monday in a dramatic victory over four of the world’s top players. The victory – which saw Libratus pocket $1.7m in fake chips at the expense of the quartet of serious pros – stunned the generally unshockable world of poker. But more than that, it reopened the increasingly urgent debate about the potential – and possible dangers – of AI, or intelligent machines. If machines are clever enough to beat humans at a game that requires intuition, bluffing skills, intelligence as well as a capacity to retain data – then what else is possible? Everyone is betting on AI. As a 2016 Forbes article speculated: “Businesses that use AI, big data and the internet of things … … [Read more...] about AI can win at poker: but as computers get smarter, who keeps tabs on their ethics?
“Is data the new oil?” asked proponents of big data back in 2012 in Forbes magazine. By 2016, and the rise of big data’s turbo-powered cousin deep learning, we had become more certain: “Data is the new oil,” stated Fortune. Amazon’s Neil Lawrence has a slightly different analogy: Data, he says, is coal. Not coal today, though, but coal in the early days of the 18th century, when Thomas Newcomen invented the steam engine. A Devonian ironmonger, Newcomen built his device to pump water out of the south west’s prolific tin mines. The problem, as Lawrence told the Re-Work conference on Deep Learning in London, was that the pump was rather more useful to those who had a lot of coal than those who didn’t: it was good, but not good enough to buy coal in to run it. That was so true that the first of Newcomen’s steam engines wasn’t built in a tin mine, but in coal works near Dudley. So why is data coal? The problem is similar: there are … [Read more...] about Why data is the new coal
In March 2015, Elizabeth Uviebinené had a brainwave that a less determined 22-year-old might have dismissed as a water-cooler pipe dream. It was ignited by a single chapter in a book by Sheryl Sandberg . “I’d always devoured self-help books growing up – books like Lean In,” says Uviebinené. “These were written by white women and were great but they didn’t have the added complexities of how to be a black woman and get ahead. It was like we didn’t exist in these books. Sandberg had one chapter in her follow-up book [Option B] about a black woman’s experience and it sparked something in me. A need for a sisterhood. I wanted to bottle it.” The bottling, she thought, would come in the form of a book – a bible no less – to offer black teenagers and women the kind of advice she would have liked to have received growing up, to help navigate her way to a bigger, freer life. The problem was that she was a marketing … [Read more...] about How to be a black woman and succeed: two friends who have written the manual
The new consortium, which calls itself Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI) was announced at the Future Blockchain Summit in Dubai on Wednesday. Headed by auto industry veteran Chris Ballinger, who last month left Toyota's Research Institute as Chief Financial Officer, the group brings together auto industry heavyweights such as General Motors (GM), BMW, Renault, Bosch, ZF Friedrichshafen. Also on board is US tech giant IBM and a group of blockchain technology pioneers such as BigChainDB, Deon Digital AG, Chronicled, ContextLabs, Crypto Valley Association, Hyperledger, IOTA, NuCypher, Oaken Innovation and the Trusted Internet of Things Alliance just to mention a few. MOBI will not push any specific type of distributed ledger, but rather aims to create common standards to enable payments and data-sharing between cars, meaning a new digital mobility ecosystem that spans from ride-sharing to self-driving vehicles. Read more: New mobility services key for car … [Read more...] about Global carmakers form blockchain technology coalition
The heads of more than 100 of the world's top artificial intelligence companies are very alarmed about the development of 'killer robots'. In an open letter to the UN, these business leaders – including Tesla's Elon Musk and the founders of Google's DeepMind AI firm – warned that autonomous weapon technology could be misused by terrorists and despots or hacked to perform in undesirable ways. But the real threat is much bigger – and not just from human misconduct but from the machines themselves. Scroll down for videos Research into complex systems shows how behaviour can emerge that is much more unpredictable than the sum of individual actions. This means human societies can behave very differently to what might be expected from an individual, and this can also apply to technology WHY ROBOTS COULD BE MORE DANGEROUS IN GROUPS The research into complex systems shows how behaviour can emerge that is much more unpredictable than the sum of … [Read more...] about Forget killer robots – Wikipedia bot study warns even ‘good’ AI can be ‘scarily unpredictable’