Do no harm, don't discriminate: official guidance issued on robot ethics

“Now the British Standards Institute has issued a more official version aimed at helping designers create ethically sound robots.

The document, BS8611 Robots and robotic devices, is written in the dry language of a health and safety manual, but the undesirable scenarios it highlights could be taken directly from fiction. Robot deception, robot addiction and the possibility of self-learning systems exceeding their remits are all noted as hazards that manufacturers should consider.

Welcoming the guidelines at the Social Robotics and AI conference in Oxford, Alan Winfield, a professor of robotics at the University of the West of England, said they represented “the first step towards embedding ethical values into robotics and AI”.”

Do no harm, don't discriminate: official guidance issued on robot ethics
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/sep/18/official-guidance-robot-ethics-british-standards-institute
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Artificial Intelligence Software Is Booming. But Why Now? - NYTimes.com

“How will we know when the A.I. revolution has taken hold? A technology truly matures when it disappears. We don’t marvel at houses with electricity now, or the idea of driving to work at 60 miles an hour. We can say “phone” and mean a hand-held computer with NASA-level processing power and a professional-quality camera for taking selfies with our drones.”

Artificial Intelligence Software Is Booming. But Why Now? - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/19/technology/artificial-intelligence-software-is-booming-but-why-now.html?nytmobile=0
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What artificial intelligence will look like in 2030

“Now is the time to consider the design, ethical, and policy challenges that AI technologies raise,” said Grosz. “If we tackle these issues now and take them seriously, we will have systems that are better designed in the future and more appropriate policies to guide their use.””

What artificial intelligence will look like in 2030
http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2016/09/what-artificial-intelligence-will-look-like-in-2030/
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Robots will eliminate 6% of all US jobs by 2021, report says - read this !

“By 2021 a disruptive tidal wave will begin. Solutions powered by AI/cognitive technology will displace jobs, with the biggest impact felt in transportation, logistics, customer service and consumer services,” said Forrester’s Brian Hopkins in the report.

The Inevitable Robot Uprising has already started, with at least 45% of US online adults saying they use at least one of the aforementioned digital concierges. Intelligent agents can access calendars, email accounts, browsing history, playlists, purchases and media viewing history to create a detailed view of any given individual. With this knowledge, virtual agents can provide highly customized assistance, which is valuable to shops or banks trying to deliver better customer service.”

Robots will eliminate 6% of all US jobs by 2021, report says
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/sep/13/artificial-intelligence-robots-threat-jobs-forrester-report
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Technology Vs Humanity: Forbes intervista Gerd Leonhard. Italian translation of TVH themes

“Tecnologia Vs Umanità: cosa ci aspetterà in futuro?

Dici che l'umanità cambierà più nei prossimi 20 anni rispetto ai 300 anni precedenti. Perché pensi che questo sia vero quando la maggior parte dei progressi tecnologici sembrano aver avuto poco a che fare con gli umani, piuttosto che l'effetto o i problemi che hanno creato agli umani stessi?

La tecnologia viene sempre creata dagli umani e a sua volta ridefinisce ciò che possiamo fare e che faremo. Ogni singolo cambiamento tecnologico ora sta impattando l'umanità in un modo più profondo rispetto al passato perché, presto, la tecnologia impatterà la nostra biologia, principalmente attraverso l'ascesa dell'editing del genoma e dell'intelligenza artificiale.”

Technology Vs Humanity: Forbes intervista Gerd Leonhard
http://www.controcorrenteblog.com/2016/09/technology-vs-humanity-forbes-intervista-gerd-leonhard.html
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The Next Industrial Revolution Is Coming and It Could Destroy Millions of Jobs #mademethink !

“I think the digital revolution is probably going to be as important and transformative as the industrial revolution. The main reason is machine intelligence, a general-purpose technology that can be used anywhere, from driving cars to customer service, and it’s getting better very, very quickly. There’s no reason to think that improvement will slow down, whether or not Moore’s Law continues.

I think this transformative revolution will create an abundance of labor. It will create enormous growth in [the supply of workers and machines], automating a lot of industries and boosting productivity. When you have this glut of workers, it plays havoc with existing institutions.

I think we are headed for a really important era in economic history. The Industrial Revolution is a pretty good guide of what that will look like. There will have to be a societal negotiation for how to share the gains from growth. That process will be long and drawn out. It will involve intense ideological conflict, and history suggests that a lot will go wrong.”

The Next Industrial Revolution Is Coming and It Could Destroy Millions of Jobs
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/09/the-next-industrial-revolution/498779/

Gerd adds: totally agreed on the "societal negotiation" on sharing the gains !!

Googling our medical symptoms is making us sicker - software 'cheating the world'?

“The web has the potential to increase anxieties of people who have little or no medical training,” White and Horvitz concluded, “especially when web search is employed as a diagnostic procedure.” Now, seven years later, even Google admits that “health content on the web can be difficult to navigate, and tends to lead people from mild symptoms to scary and unlikely conditions, which can cause unnecessary anxiety and stress.””

Googling our medical symptoms is making us sicker
http://qz.com/773031/googling-our-medical-symptoms-is-making-us-sicker/
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Eleven Reasons To Be Excited About The Future of Technology – Medium

“‘It may be a hundred years before a computer beats humans at Go — maybe even longer.” — New York Times, 1997
“Master of Go Board Game Is Walloped by Google Computer Program” — New York Times, 2016”

Eleven Reasons To Be Excited About The Future of Technology – Medium
https://medium.com/@cdixon/eleven-reasons-to-be-excited-about-the-future-of-technology-ef5f9b939cb2
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How Tech Giants Are Devising Real Ethics for Artificial Intelligence

“The specifics of what the industry group will do or say — even its name — have yet to be hashed out. But the basic intention is clear: to ensure that A.I. research is focused on benefiting people, not hurting them, according to four people involved in the creation of the industry partnership who are not authorized to speak about it publicly.”

How Tech Giants Are Devising Real Ethics for Artificial Intelligence
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/02/technology/artificial-intelligence-ethics.html
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Big data, Google and the end of free will: must-read via the FT

“a fresh shift is taking place. Just as divine authority was legitimised by religious mythologies, and human authority was legitimised by humanist ideologies, so high-tech gurus and Silicon Valley prophets are creating a new universal narrative that legitimises the authority of algorithms and Big Data. This novel creed may be called “Dataism”. In its extreme form, proponents of the Dataist worldview perceive the entire universe as a flow of data, see organisms as little more than biochemical algorithms and believe that humanity’s cosmic vocation is to create an all-encompassing data-processing system — and then merge into it.”

Big data, Google and the end of free will
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/50bb4830-6a4c-11e6-ae5b-a7cc5dd5a28c.html
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Brilliant stuff!