This year’s tech trends prove we need to embrace Responsible AI sooner—not later

“As AI plays a bigger role in systems that affect social outcomes—like criminal justice, education, hiring, or health care—it’s clear that the creation and shape of AI decision-making needs to be taken seriously. What happens when algorithms decide whether or not you get a job, home, or loan?”

This year’s tech trends prove we need to embrace Responsible AI sooner—not later
https://qz.com/1212678/years-tech-trends-prove-we-need-to-embrace-responsible-ai-sooner/
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Tech companies should stop pretending AI won’t destroy jobs (Kei-Fu Lee)



It will soon be obvious that half our tasks can be done better at almost no cost by AI. This will be the fastest transition humankind has experienced, and we’re not ready for it.

China will have at least a 50/50 chance of winning the race, and there are several reasons for that.”

Tech companies should stop pretending AI won’t destroy jobs
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/610298/tech-companies-should-stop-pretending-ai-wont-destroy-jobs/
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Why Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Need to Be Disrupted

“Meanwhile, Facebook and Google (now known as Alphabet) are together worth $1.3 trillion. You could merge the world’s top five advertising agencies (WPP, Omnicom, Publicis, IPG, and Dentsu) with five major media companies (Disney, Time Warner, 21st Century Fox, CBS, and Viacom) and still need to add five major communications companies (AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Charter, and Dish) to get only 90 percent of what Google and Facebook are worth together.”

Why Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Need to Be Disrupted
http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a15895746/bust-big-tech-silicon-valley/
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The Revolt Against Silicon Valley’s Failed Dream – Eudaimonia and Co, Umair Haque

“I’ve warned for a long time that organizations — whether societies or corporations or political parties — must focus, in this troubled, fractured age, on mattering to people: really improving and transforming their lives. The “backlash” tech faces now is what happens when you don’t. More accurately put, people and societies are losing trust in tech, catastrophically. Why is that?”

The Revolt Against Silicon Valley’s Failed Dream – Eudaimonia and Co
https://eand.co/the-revolt-against-silicon-valleys-failed-dream-1bf94546a9e2
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There Is One Thing Computers Will Never Beat Us At – NewCo Shift

“In the world of the future, automated perfection is going to be common. Machines will bake perfect cakes, perfectly schedule appointments and keep an eye on your house. What is going to be scarce is human imperfection.”

There Is One Thing Computers Will Never Beat Us At – NewCo Shift
https://shift.newco.co/there-is-one-thing-that-computers-will-never-beat-us-at-f66af30565f0
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Why We’re Underestimating American Collapse – Eudaimonia and Co / Umair Haque

“The predator in American society isn’t just its super-rich — but an invisible and insatiable force: the normalization of what in the rest of the world would be seen as shameful, historic, generational moral failures, if not crimes, becoming mere mundane everyday affairs not to be too worried by or troubled about.”

Why We’re Underestimating American Collapse – Eudaimonia and Co
https://eand.co/why-were-underestimating-american-collapse-be04d9e55235
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Self-driving cars are overdue for a reality check

“If you think you’ll be able to waltz down to your local dealership and plunk down money for a self-driving car, you’ll be disappointed, however. The sensor suite that allows these cars to “see” their environment, combined with the compute hardware eating up a lot of space in the trunk, are really, really expensive. Most automakers are operating under the assumption that autonomous cars won’t be sold as personal vehicles, but instead will be used as part of a service fleet.”

Self-driving cars are overdue for a reality check
https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/30/16950726/state-of-autonomous-car-self-driving-ces-detroit-2018
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Maybe It’s Time To Regulate Gadgets And Apps Like Cigarettes

“On Wednesday Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said Facebook should be regulated like a tobacco product. “I think that you do it exactly the same way that you regulated the cigarette industry,” Benioff said on CNBC’s Squawk Alley. “Here’s a product: Cigarettes. They’re addictive, they’re not good for you,” Benioff said. For someone of Benioff’s stature and reputation, this is a bombshell.”

Maybe It’s Time To Regulate Gadgets And Apps Like Cigarettes
https://www.fastcompany.com/40520843/silicon-valley-technology-regulate-gadgets-and-apps-like-cigarettes
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Who serves whom? – iA - the bullshit challenge

So very true!

“The debate when machines will be more intelligent than us and whether they can have feelings is fascinating on many levels. And so is the question what kind of people a self-driving machine should kill in an either-or situation. Talking sciencefiction, debating logical paradoxes and ethical trick questions makes for great small talk, promising business plans, lucrative promises, cheap marketing, fantastic hoaxes, fun games, entertaining illustrations catchy headlines, half knowledge, spectacular cock fights, world record bullshit, and great clickbait.”

Who serves whom? – iA
https://ia.net/topics/who-serves-whom/
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Technology extends and also amputates (McLUHAN)

“Technology can be described as an amplifier or an extension of the human body. The hammer is an extension of the fist, the knife is an extension of our teeth, TVs are exaggerated eyes and ears. Marshall McLuhan claimed that every extension results in an auto-amputation of another part.

“Every extension of mankind, especially technological extensions, has the effect of amputating or modifying some other extension[…] The extension of a technology like the automobile ‘amputates’ the need for a highly developed walking culture, which in turn causes cities and countries to develop in different ways. The telephone extends the voice, but also amputates the art of penmanship gained through regular correspondence. These are a few examples, and almost everything we can think of is subject to similar observations…We have become people who regularly praise all extensions, and minimize all amputations.””

Who serves whom? – iA
https://ia.net/topics/who-serves-whom/
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