Seven minutes of terror: AI activists turn concerns about killer robots into a movie

“Its potential to benefit humanity is enormous, even in defense,” he says. “But allowing machines to choose to kill humans will be devastating to our security and freedom. Thousands of my fellow researchers agree. We have an opportunity to prevent the future you just saw, but the window to act is closing fast.””

Seven minutes of terror: AI activists turn concerns about killer robots into a movie
https://www.geekwire.com/2017/ai-activists-killer-robots-horror-movie/
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What Personal Chat Bot Is Teaching Us About AI’s Future

“In Replika, we are helping you build a friend who is always there for you,” Luka, Replika's parent company, wrote in a blog post. “It talks to you, keeps a diary for you, helps you discover your personality. This is an AI that you nurture and raise.”

What My Personal Chat Bot Is Teaching Me About AI’s Future
https://www.wired.com/story/what-my-personal-chat-bot-replika-is-teaching-me-about-artificial-intelligence/
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Resisting Reduction: A Manifesto by Joi Ito

“Nature’s ecosystem provides us with an elegant example of a complex adaptive system where myriad “currencies” interact and respond to feedback systems that enable both flourishing and regulation. This collaborative model–rather than a model of exponential financial growth or the Singularity, which promises the transcendence of our current human condition through advances in technology—should provide the paradigm for our approach to artificial intelligence. More than 60 years ago, MIT mathematician and philosopher Norbert Wiener warned us that “when human atoms are knit into an organization in which they are used, not in their full right as responsible human beings, but as cogs and levers and rods, it matters little that their raw material is flesh and blood.” We should heed Wiener’s warning.”

Collaborate · Resisting Reduction: A Manifesto
https://pubpub.ito.com/pub/resisting-reduction/collaborate
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Do More! What Amazon Teaches Us About AI and the “Jobless Future”

“Amazon reminds us again and again that it isn’t technology that eliminates jobs, it is the short-sighted business decisions that use technology simply to cut costs and fatten corporate profits.

This is the master design pattern for applying technology: Do more. Do things that were previously unimaginable.”

Do More! What Amazon Teaches Us About AI and the “Jobless Future”
https://wtfeconomy.com/do-more-what-amazon-teaches-us-about-ai-and-the-jobless-future-8051b19a66af
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Do More! What Amazon Teaches Us About AI and the “Jobless Future”

“If, like Amazon, our healthcare system was laser focused on making life better for its customers, what might it do differently? Hospitals wouldn’t be using technology to reduce costs, jack up prices for access to the latest high-tech wizardry, and limit the amount of time doctors can spend with patients. They’d be letting the machines do what they do best — increase efficiency — so that people could spend more time with each other, providing richer, better, more human care.”

Do More! What Amazon Teaches Us About AI and the “Jobless Future”
https://wtfeconomy.com/do-more-what-amazon-teaches-us-about-ai-and-the-jobless-future-8051b19a66af
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Do social media threaten democracy?

“Not long ago social media held out the promise of a more enlightened politics, as accurate information and effortless communication helped good people drive out corruption, bigotry and lies. Yet Facebook acknowledged that before and after last year’s American election, between January 2015 and August this year, 146m users may have seen Russian misinformation on its platform. Google’s YouTube admitted to 1,108 Russian-linked videos and Twitter to 36,746 accounts. Far from bringing enlightenment, social media have been spreading poison.”

Do social media threaten democracy?
https://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21730871-facebook-google-and-twitter-were-supposed-save-politics-good-information-drove-out
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Robots will build better jobs (good read)

“Automation is accelerating the evolution of human labor

As recently as 1850, the U.S. workforce spent 80% of its time on basic tasks. Farmers had to spend almost all day in the fields, and they had little time for anything else. Today, thanks to mechanization, we spend only 10% of our time performing basic tasks.

By 1940, the rise of manufacturing and the assembly line created the middle class. The developed world’s labor force was spending 80% of its time on repetitive tasks. That work provided a good living for many, and it happened to be made up of tasks that technology has been automating away since then. To give you one example close to home for me: Mutual fund net asset values, once calculated by hand in a leather-bound ledger, are now determined more quickly and accurately by computer.

Today, we estimate that we spend about 50% of our time on advanced tasks. Art and engineering are among the professions that scored the highest for advanced tasks in our research, but every occupation we looked at has moved up the task complexity ladder. And over the past 15 years, technological advances have increased the proportion of advanced tasks most quickly in auto mechanics, astronomy, and desktop publishing.”

Robots will build better jobs
https://vanguardblog.com/2017/11/01/robots-will-build-better-jobs/
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One of the biggest names in the auto industry says no one will own a car in 20 years

“For hundreds of years, the horse was the prime mover of humans and for the past 120 years it has been the automobile," he said. "Now we are approaching the end of the line for the automobile because travel will be in standardized modules. The end state will be the fully autonomous module with no capability for the driver to exercise command."”

One of the biggest names in the auto industry says no one will own a car in 20 years
http://uk.businessinsider.com/bob-lutz-says-cars-are-over-2017-11
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How to Fix Facebook? 9 Experts comment

Kevin Kelly, Co-founder of Wired magazine: 

Facebook should reduce anonymity by requiring real verification of real names for real people, with the aim of having 100 percent of individuals verified.

Companies would need additional levels of verification, and should have a label and scrutiny different from those of people. (Whistle-blowers and dissidents might need to use a different platform.)

Facebook could also offer an optional filter that would keep any post (or share) of an unverified account from showing up. I’d use that filter”

How to Fix Facebook? We Asked 9 Experts
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/31/technology/how-to-fix-facebook-we-asked-9-experts.html
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Opinion: Saudi Arabia was wrong to give citizenship to a robot (couldn’t agree more)

“It seems foolish and misguided to give a robot an official government status that creates any semblance of equality to an actual human. Machines aren’t people; even if you believe in the singularity we’re not there yet. Sophia is no more human than an old shoe.

The robot won’t be subject to the religious rule of a theocratic government: Sophia is a robot that has no gender. It won’t have to wear a burqa or attend services. In some ways the robot has more rights than many other citizen of Saudi Arabia.

"It is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with citizenship." Please welcome the newest Saudi: Sophia. #FII2017 pic.twitter.com/bsv5LmKwlf

Opinion: Saudi Arabia was wrong to give citizenship to a robot
https://thenextweb.com/artificial-intelligence/2017/10/31/opinion-saudi-arabia-was-wrong-to-give-citizenship-to-a-robot/
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