Gerd Leonhard: la tecnologia tra paradiso e inferno: good interview

“Puoi espandere il commento che fai nel video [Umanità vs Tecnologia], dove dici "vedremo più cambiamenti nei prossimi 20 anni rispetto ai 300 anni precedenti"?

È una frase che uso per semplificare la natura esponenziale in aumento di ciò che oggi stiamo vedendo nella tecnologia: è sempre più vero che quasi tutto ciò che era "impossibile" o "lontano" ora sta diventano sempre più fattibile; infatti, testimoniano l'ingegneria genetica, i veicoli autonomi, il computing cognitivo e quantistico, l'ascesa dell'energia solare, le batterie potenti, eccetera.”

Gerd Leonhard: la tecnologia tra paradiso e inferno
http://www.controcorrenteblog.com/2016/07/gerd-leonhard-tecnologia-paradiso-e-inferno.html
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Americans love technology, but we aren’t so sure about using it to enhance our bodies

“a majority of Americans said they would be “very” or “somewhat” worried about three specific biomedical technologies chosen by Pew: gene editing, brain chips and synthetic blood. In all these cases, worry about the technology outweighs the excitement people feel about it.”

Americans love technology, but we aren’t so sure about using it to enhance our bodies
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/07/26/americans-love-technology-but-arent-so-sure-about-using-it-to-enhance-our-bodies/
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Only the privileged fear a robot revolution (I don't agree but ... read this anyway)

“When you think of the millions of lives that could be saved and improved by access to basic healthcare and education, it makes the idea of fearing the further advancement of artificial intelligence seem myopic. The fact of the matter is that any developments in a robot revolution are going to look quite differently depending on where you happen to live in this world.”

Only the privileged fear a robot revolution
http://social.techcrunch.com/2016/07/19/only-the-privileged-fear-a-robot-revolution/
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How technology disrupted the truth : must read via TheGuardian

“Twenty-five years after the first website went online, it is clear that we are living through a period of dizzying transition. For 500 years after Gutenberg, the dominant form of information was the printed page: knowledge was primarily delivered in a fixed format, one that encouraged readers to believe in stable and settled truths.

Now, we are caught in a series of confusing battles between opposing forces: between truth and falsehood, fact and rumour, kindness and cruelty; between the few and the many, the connected and the alienated; between the open platform of the web as its architects envisioned it and the gated enclosures of Facebook and other social networks; between an informed public and a misguided mob.

What is common to these struggles – and what makes their resolution an urgent matter – is that they all involve the diminishing status of truth. This does not mean that there are no truths. It simply means, as this year has made very clear, that we cannot agree on what those truths are, and when there is no consensus about the truth and no way to achieve it, chaos soon follows.”

How technology disrupted
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/jul/12/how-technology-disrupted-the-truth
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The Human Factor and the IoT

“Those who dismiss IoT over its first, wobbly steps with arguments like “I don’t need my toaster to talk to my refrigerator” or “IoT is nothing but a security nightmare” are missing the bigger picture. Consider, for example, the potential impact on healthcare. Our bodies are packed with information that could help us maintain our health, but we are currently not instrumented to collect it. Physicians attempt diagnoses with paltry single samples of data. When you go to the clinic, your heart rate, blood pressure, and other vitals are typically measured once - and not at the most useful time. The “best guess” diagnosis that results is notoriously inaccurate. But, if our vital signs and other important health-related data could be collected and analyzed continuously, trendiness could are established, response to various situations could be monitored, and the accuracy and timeliness of diagnoses would skyrocket. And, we would most certainly discover new early warning signs for numerous conditions that we simply did not have the data to diagnose before.”

The Human Factor
http://www.eejournal.com/archives/articles/20160629-humanfactor
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Why We Need to Pick Up Alvin Toffler’s Torch: some good points !

“All around, technology is altering the world: Social media is subsuming journalism, politics and even terrorist organizations. Inequality, driven in part by techno-abetted globalization, has created economic panic across much of the Western world. National governments are in a slow-moving war for dominance with a handful of the most powerful corporations the world has ever seen — all of which happen to be tech companies.”

Why We Need to Pick Up Alvin Toffler’s Torch
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/07/technology/why-we-need-to-pick-up-alvin-tofflers-torch.html
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Microsoft’s CEO Explores How Humans and A.I. Can Solve Society’s Challenges. Made me think!

“First, we want to build intelligence that augments human abilities and experiences. Ultimately, it’s not going to be about human vs. machine. We humans have creativity, empathy, emotion, physicality, and insight that can then be mixed with powerful A.I. computation—the ability to reason over large amounts of data and do pattern recognition more quickly—to help move society forward. Second, we also have to build trust directly into our technology. We must infuse technology with protections for privacy, transparency, and security. A.I. devices must be designed to detect new threats and devise appropriate protections as they evolve. And third, all of the technology we build must be inclusive and respectful to everyone.”

Microsoft’s CEO Explores How Humans and A.I. Can Solve Society’s Challenges—Together
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2016/06/microsoft_ceo_satya_nadella_humans_and_a_i_can_work_together_to_solve_society.html
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How bot-to-bot could soon replace APIs - important trend

“By now it’s clear that bots will cause a major paradigm shift in customer service, e-commerce, and, quite frankly, all aspects of software-to-human interaction.

For the moment, the state of the art of bots is bot-to-consumer, meaning bots communicating with humans. But at some point soon, bots will start talking to other bots. Enter the bot-to-bot era.

Imagine that a bot — let’s call her Annie — needs to answer a question from a customer but lacks information from her own backend systems. Annie is powered with artificial intelligence and spontaneously decides to reach out to another bot to get the information she needs. Annie aggregates the information and delivers it back to the customer.”

How bot-to-bot could soon replace APIs
http://venturebeat.com/2016/06/05/how-bot-to-bot-could-soon-replace-apis/
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Artificial Intelligence Is Far From Matching Humans, Panel Says...BUT (via NYT)

“Kate Crawford, a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, called on the industry to add ethics to the professional training of engineers. “We need to start changing the skill set of the people who are going to be the data scientists of the future and the A.I. creators of the future,” she said.

A.I. systems are pervasive, Ms. Crawford said, pointing to a doll like Hello Barbie, which speaks and listens.

“You might think that’s a fantastic toy, that’s really wonderful,” she said. “What you don’t realize is that it is the front to this huge data ingestion machine that is taking all of those statements by that child and then using them for a whole range of purposes.””

Artificial Intelligence Is Far From Matching Humans, Panel Says
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/26/technology/artificial-intelligence-is-far-from-matching-humans-panel-says.html
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