Troubling Study Says Artificial Intelligence Can Predict Who Will Be Criminals Based on Facial Features

“Kate Crawford, an AI researcher with Microsoft Research New York, MIT, and NYU, told The Intercept, “I‘d call this paper literal phrenology, it’s just using modern tools of supervised machine learning instead of calipers. It’s dangerous pseudoscience.”

Crawford cautioned that “as we move further into an era of police body cameras and predictive policing, it’s important to critically assess the problematic and unethical uses of machine learning to make spurious correlations,” adding that it’s clear the authors “know it’s ethically and scientifically problematic, but their ‘curiosity’ was more important.””

Troubling Study Says Artificial Intelligence Can Predict Who Will Be Criminals Based on Facial Features
https://theintercept.com/2016/11/18/troubling-study-says-artificial-intelligence-can-predict-who-will-be-criminals-based-on-facial-features/
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Google, Facebook and the Search for Truth - The Futures Agency and Tim Cole

“But the really worrying thing is that the Internet, which most of us heralded as a way to bring truth to the masses, is in fact turning into a horribly efficient way of delivering carefully crafted lies to the most vulnerable members of society, namely the gullible or poorly educated (often the same individuals).”

Google, Facebook and the Search for Truth - The Futures Agency | A global network of futurists and keynote speakers
http://thefuturesagency.com/2016/11/16/google-facebook-and-the-search-for-truth/
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Silicon Valley Reels After Trump’s Election - NYTimes.com

“Mr. Obama, who rode many of these digital tools to the presidency, was accommodative of their rise; his administration broadly deferred to the tech industry in a way that bordered on coziness, and many of his former lieutenants have decamped to positions in tech.

Mr. Trump’s win promises to rip apart that relationship. The incoming president had few kind words for tech giants during the interminable campaign that led to his victory. Mr. Trump promised to initiate antitrust actions against Amazon, repeatedly vowed to force Apple to make its products in the United States, and then called for a boycott of the company when it challenged the government’s order to unlock a terrorist’s iPhone. Mr. Trump’s immigration plans are anathema to just about every company in tech.”

Silicon Valley Reels After Trump’s Election - NYTimes.com
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/10/technology/trump-election-silicon-valley-reels.html?nytmobile=0
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The 2016 Election Exposes the Very, Very Dark Side of Tech

“It’s shown us—and not for the first time—how the same communication tools that can connect strangers in far-flung parts of the world can also be used to disseminate gas chamber memes and death threats. It’s shown us how the same platforms that put a world of facts and information at our fingertips can just as easily be used to undermine basic truths. It’s shown us that our most personal communications—so many of them digital—are exceptionally vulnerable to anyone with a vendetta and that the online masses, typically so precious about their own privacy, would be all too eager to see what we’ve got to hide. And we all have something to hide.”

The 2016 Election Exposes the Very, Very Dark Side of Tech
https://www.wired.com/2016/11/2016-election-exposes-dark-side-tech/
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How Blockchain Will Change Your Life - says ibm CEO

“All of this is promising. But for blockchain to go beyond pilots, the technology needs a system of transparent governance. Remember what guided the development of the internet: not-for-profit groups like the Internet Engineering Tas Force and the World Wide Web Consortium. Their involvement gave businesses confidence that the internet would be stable and based on open standards.

The same must be true for blockchain. More than 80 leading finance and technology organizations, including IBM, have joined the Linux Foundation Hyperledger, a project aimed at creating an enterprise-grade blockchain framework. More than 600 additional firms have already applied to join the consortium.”

How Blockchain Will Change Your Life
http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-blockchain-will-change-your-life-1478564751
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In the Uncanny Valley of Industry 4.0: humans becoming smart machines ?

“Perhaps the greatest danger may not stem from smart machines taking over but rather from us humans becoming smart machines ourselves, as the INSEAD professor and author Gianpiero Petriglieri once put it. In other words: automation itself has become an automatism. As a self-fulfilling prophecy, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is slowly but surely infiltrating our hitherto humanist values, how we think and how we act. This goes deeper than mere automatibility at work.”

In the Uncanny Valley of Industry 4.0
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/uncanny-valley-industry-40-tim-leberecht
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Should we trust predictive policing software to cut crime? – Sidney Perkowitz | Aeon Essays

“In an age of anxiety, the words sound so reassuring: predictive policing. The first half promises an awareness of events that have not yet occurred. The second half clarifies that the future in question will be one of safety and security. Together, they perfectly match the current obsession with big data and the mathematical prediction of human actions.”

Should we trust predictive policing software to cut crime? – Sidney Perkowitz | Aeon Essays
https://aeon.co/essays/should-we-trust-predictive-policing-software-to-cut-crime
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Should We Care That We Treat Technology as a Slave?

“Consider for example the extent to which we have already abdicated the sovereignty of being human. Have you noticed, for example, your immediate distrust of a hotel or restaurant that is not listed or recommended online? Have you checked someone’s profile on LinkedIn before you responded to a meeting request? Have your powers of mental computation (okay, never excellent, let’s admit) actually vegetated and languished alongside online calculators? Has your sense of direction deepened or weakened as a result of Sat Nav, Google Maps and Waze? Could it be that we are actually getting dumber as robots are getting smarter? Are we gradually turning into Eloi from HG Wells’ Time Machine, privileged but effete masters who have lost the muscle to work and dynamic to decide for themselves?”

Should We Care That We Treat Technology as a Slave?
http://www.alleywatch.com/2016/10/i-am-not-a-robot/
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There is a blind spot in AI research - good read via nature.com

“And just last month, several leading AI companies, including Microsoft, Amazon and IBM, formed the Partnership on AI to try to advance public understanding and develop some shared standards.

Yet the ‘deploy and comply’ approach can be ad hoc and reactive, and industry efforts can prove inadequate if they lack sufficient critical voices and independent contributors. The new AI partnership is inviting ethicists and civil-society organizations to participate. But the concern remains that corporations are relatively free to field test their AI systems on the public without sustained research on medium- or even near-term effects.”

There is a blind spot in AI research
http://www.nature.com/news/there-is-a-blind-spot-in-ai-research-1.20805
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