Archive for September, 2017
We’re spending so much time trying to become robots that we’re forgetting how to be human (Scott Hartley via qz.com)
We’re spending so much time trying to become robots that we’re forgetting how to be human
The future of computing as predicted by nine science-fiction machines
Meet Futurist Gerd Leonhard in London October 4: Keynote at BREAKOUT2017: Ethical codes for a digital age
I am delighted to be able to contribute to this unique event in London, on October 4 2017 (for more details and updates go here). My keynote will be on AI and other exponential technologies, in the context of digital ethics. Get your tickets. Digital
This might sound like heaven to you—or, just as likely, hell. Either way, it’s about to be our reality.
When Amazon introduced Alexa, the tech industry quickly anointed voice as the next big thing. Sure, she was mostly reciting the weather and answering lewd questions from nine-year-old boys, but the future held much more. The rise of voice devices will rewrite the digital playbook in unpredictable ways—including how, when, and whether we have the ability to say, “Enough!” In a time when digital detoxing, unplugging, and disconnecting are widely discussed and even yearned for, voice could turn into the platform you can’t turn off.
As we currently experience them, voice assistants are passive devices. We call their names when we have a question, want to hear some music, or need to set a timer. Otherwise, they sit idle. Having Alexa operate the light switch for you, for example, isn’t a source of psychological stress. But it’s when these assistants begin actively demanding our time and attention that, some experts say, we’ll have a problem on our hands.”
Why Voice Assistants Will Give You a Headache | Backchannel
Why Mercedes’ decision to let its self-driving cars kill pedestrians is probably the right thing to do (says Bloomberg )
Although the fact someone has to make this choice feels uncomfortable, it would be more dangerous if they didn’t, because unless a self-driving vehicle is told what to do when a child runs into the road, it won’t do anything.
Previously, manufacturers have been quiet about what would happen under these circumstances, until Mercedes-Benz’s announcement at the Paris Auto Show this month. According to von Hugo, all of the company’s future Level 4 and Level 5 self-driving cars will be programmed with the decision to save the people they carry over anything else.
“If you know you can save at least one person, at least save that one. Save the one in the car,” von Hugo said in the interview. “If all you know for sure is that one death can be prevented, then that’s your first priority.””
Why Mercedes’ decision to let its self-driving cars kill pedestrians is probably the right thing to do
US governments are already beginning to use the technology in a limited capacity. Last week the New York department of motor vehicles announced that it had made more than 4,000 arrests using facial recognition technology. Instead of scanning police footage, the software is used to compare new drivers’ license application photos to images already in the database, making it tougher for fraudsters to steal someone’s identity. If state or federal governments expand into deploying facial recognition in public, they will already have a database of more than 50% of American adults from repositories like DMVs. And again, the bigger the dataset, the better the AI.”
The age of AI surveillance is here