Is it going to save us, or enslave us? The jury is still out when it comes to Artificial Intelligence, and the topic is still one of the most highly contested discussions in the tech world.
10 Reflections on the Impact of Artificial Intelligence
AI, with machine learning and robotics, has become omnipresent in daily life and across headlines. While innovators are ravishing that it can put an end to nearly all of humanity’s problems – with data and machines making all our decisions in the future – at the same time, the public debate about the impact of these technologies is often fundamentally pessimistic: painting a picture of superintelligent machines taking over the world to dominate and eventually eradicate the human race.
The Long Read
The German philosopher Immanuel Kant believed that education differs from training in that the former involves thinking whilst the latter, in his view, does not. A staunch advocate of public education, was Kant correct to make the difference? Are education and training not one two sides of the same learning coin? Further still, how does one learn? Thanks to neuroscience, the ways in which we are educated and are trained have become much easier to understand.
Machines Making Music
As part of our collaboration with Die Graphische, student Valentin Haring writes how music and technology have interacted over the past decades – interviewing DADABOTS, who use machine learning to make music, on what this means for the art today.
We sat down and spoke to Juliette Debois, Heuritech's Customer Success Manager to understand how the startup allows brands to better communicate, and connect, with their customer base.
Long Story Short
Transhumanism is a loosely defined movement that has developed gradually over the past three decades. It is centred around the belief that the human race can evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations, especially by means of science and technology.
Long Story Short
Smart Dust is a system of many tiny microelectromechanical systems such as sensors, robots, or other devices, that can detect light, temperature, vibration, magnetism, chemicals and other stimuli.
Exploring the Unexplored
Digital technologies have created a wave of transformation that has been over half a century in the making. This incredible shift has brought about new ethical problems and exacerbated existing ones. If we are to continue to capitalize on the wonders of technology and not be consumed by it, we must have a serious conversation about the crucial role of digital ethics in our future.
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Deep fake, a portmanteau of "deep learning" and "fake", is an artificial intelligence-based human image synthesis technique. It is used to combine and superimpose existing images and videos onto source images or videos.
Kings College Professor Mischa Dohler explains how we are opening the Artificial Intelligence "black box". Why this is important, and how this will affect our lives in the future.
We speak to the CEO of FortyTwo, Menny Barzilay, to discuss the future of cybersecurity and its intersection with AI. Covering topics such as the impending cyber-security crisis, how AI can help and hinder this problem, as well as the changing nature of computer viruses, the rise of data poisoning and find out which startups he thinks are making the most gains in this sector today.
An analysis of our debut event on AI, the technology that walks the fine line between a world of wonder and one of woe. From cybersecurity to healthcare, discover the nature of one of the world's most polarising technologies.
First it was Seen, Now it is Heard
Can you imagine a device you never have to touch? One with no clicks but, instead, conversation? By the year 2020, you will have to imagine no longer. In fact, according to a study carried on by Gartner, in just two-years more than 30% of all web-browsing sessions will be done without a screen. The new interface? Voice.
Bart de Witte, Chair Faculty of Digital Health at future/io Institute and Faculty member of University of Applied Science Zürich and Burgenland, sits down and explain how Artificial Intelligence can redraw the healthcare landscape.
Long Story Short
Artificial Intelligence’s black box problem is the unsettling realisation that we do not fully understand why the algorithms behind AI act the way they do. As these algorithms continue to permeate our lives with increased vigour, this is a problem which we cannot continue to ignore.
Opening Pandora's Box
In the recent years, AI development has quickly accelerated and is finally making its way into our lives in the form of self-driving cars and smart personal assistants. As AI gets more and more reliable, people are slowly overcoming their suspicions towards it and embracing it as a part of their day-to-day lives. With adoption rates soaring, now is the correct time to switch the focus of the debate to Moral Machine Learning: which ethics do we want machines to have? And how do we bestow these values onto them?
An analysis of our debut event on AI, the technology that walks the fine line between a world of wonder and one of woe. From cybersecurity to healthcare, discover the nature the most polarising technology of our generation.
Not So Private
In 1998, Yahoo! shared insightful data with two students who were working together on a thesis titled "The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine". At the time, Yahoo! could never have known that these students would later become the founders of Google – which today dominates 78% of the search market.
Dov Frohman, former vice president of Intel Corporation and inventor of the erasable programmable read-only memory, sits down and explain the implications of Artificial Intelligence and how this disruptive technology will transform employment and education.
Into the Unknown
What lies ahead? Exploring the idea that the mediator between head and hands must be the heart if humanity is to thrive in the coming age of the automaton. "But where there is danger, there also grows what saves" – Friedrich Hölderlin
An Apple a Day Keeps the AI Away
Artificial Intelligence is already a recurring presence in our everyday lives - when we fly on a plane, perform a banking transaction, research keywords on Google or even when we drive a car (if we have a Tesla, at least) - this technology is intrinsically tied to life in the modern world.
The I-REACT Project
Social media platforms are popular tools that are used to share information on anything going on in the world. In the emergency domain, such information can become a powerful resource for assessing the development of hazards and their impact, and how the affected population perceives them. Natural Language Processing and automatic event detection are therefore crucial in developing an effective disaster management system.
A Positive View on the Future of AI and Humans
Artificial Intelligence has now entered the public debate. Everyone, everywhere are more aware of AI and the changes it could bring than ever before. As with any advanced technology, there is a risk that it can be abused, and many worries about what AI will mean for humanity are grounded in logic. However much of what gets covered in the press is not only negative but speculative – apocalyptic visions of an intelligent AI taking over. I choose to focus on a more positive aspect of AI, it’s effect on humanity and the positive process I believe we humans are going through as we develop it.
Securing the unsecure
"If you're a hacker you only have to succeed one time if you're security you have to succeed every time." Menny Barzilay, Founder and CEO of FortyTwo, sits down and lays out the impending dangers that billions of affordable, mass-produced IoT devices will bring to the world of security, and how it is impossible for countries today to continue with the idea that physical borders can protect them from the warfare of the modern world.
New Opportunities and Challenges
Data-intensive industries, like ones involving Machine Learning, Internet of Things, and Synthetic Biology, are all getting the spotlight in recent years for their game-changing impact on our lives. While these technologies have been evolving for decades, the rapid uptake and impact in recent years has left many industries lacking the ability to integrate and leverage data tools to stay relevant.
The path to Generalised AI
There are some who say that worrying about AI is like worrying about overpopulation on Mars – irrelevant to the world today. They forget that every technology seems to develop incredibly slowly until doesn’t. AI is an inevitably, and at some point, we will produce human-like AIs even if progression and growth are slowed down to a fraction of what they are today. Even if we do not reach the popularized humanoid robot, AI is still set to disrupt our societies in every way imaginable.