Microsoft Warns Washington to Regulate A.I. Before Its Too Late

“AI Now—a group composed of tech employees from companies including Microsoft and Google, and affiliated with New York University—says exemplify the need for stricter regulation of artificial intelligence. The group’s report, published Thursday, underscores the inherent dangers in using A.I. to do things like amplify surveillance in fields including finance and policing, and argues that accountability and oversight are necessities where this type of nascent technology is concerned. Crucially, they argue, people should be able to opt out of facial-recognition systems altogether. “Mere public notice of their use is not sufficient, and there should be a high threshold for any consent, given the dangers of oppressive and continual mass surveillance,” the organization writes. “These tools are very suspect and based on faulty science,””

Microsoft Warns Washington to Regulate A.I. Before Its Too Late
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/12/microsoft-warns-washington-to-regulate-ai-before-its-too-late
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One of the fathers of AI is worried about its future - we need more democracy in A.I. research !

“another reason why we need to have more democracy in AI research. It’s that AI research by itself will tend to lead to concentrations of power, money, and researchers. The best students want to go to the best companies. They have much more money, they have much more data. And this is not healthy. Even in a democracy, it’s dangerous to have too much power concentrated in a few hands.”

One of the fathers of AI is worried about its future
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612434/one-of-the-fathers-of-ai-is-worried-about-its-future/
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The future of artificial intelligence depends on human wisdom - some good AI stats

“Where the physical and intellectual capacities of humans are inherently limited, AI has the potential to add to that reservoir of capacity to improve lives.

Then, of course, there is the money. As a result of AI, it is projected that global GDP would increase by up to 14 percent in 2030, an estimated increase of $15.7 trillion, with the greatest gains to come in China (26 percent increase in GDP) and the U.S. (14 percent increase in GDP). Gartner predicts that by 2020, almost all new software will contain AI elements.

Huge amounts are already being invested by businesses that seek the efficiency gains and outsized accomplishments AI promises. Venture capital investment in AI startups grew 463 percent from 2012-2017. A McKinsey report noted that global demand for data scientists has exceeded supply by over 50 percent in 2018 alone. They are so coveted that some Chinese companies are reportedly hiring senior machine learning researchers with salaries above $500,000. According to Mark Cuban, by 2017 Google had incorporated AI into its business model and generated $9 billion more as a result and Cuban also posited that the world’s first trillionaire would stem from the AI field.”

The future of artificial intelligence depends on human wisdom
https://www.salon.com/2018/11/17/the-future-of-artificial-intelligence-depends-on-human-wisdom/
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Automation may take our jobs—but it’ll restore our humanity

“One implication of all this is that for humans to succeed in the AI-powered future, we need to double down on our humanity. Technical skills will no doubt remain important in the future of work, but as AI allows us to automate repetitive tasks across many industries, these will in many cases take a back seat to soft skills. Communication, emotional intelligence, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and cognitive flexibility will become the most sought-after abilities. To prepare for that future, we need to emphasize developing higher-order thinking and emotional skills.”

Automation may take our jobs—but it’ll restore our humanity
https://qz.com/1054034/automation-may-take-our-jobs-but-itll-restore-our-humanity/
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Mindset and Heartset - a crucial message !

“The focus on mindset has even deeper roots. If we go back to the Enlightenment from the late 1600’s to the early 1800’s, the key message from the great thinkers of that time was to celebrate the power of the mind and all that it could accomplish. It’s not an accident that this era was also known as the “Age of Reason.” The mind is of course a powerful vehicle for driving amazing insights and accomplishments and should be celebrated. But there’s a risk that we reduce everything to the mind. It’s all about ideas and reason. The body is just a distraction or, at best, something to be nurtured because it holds our mind. Life is so much more complicated than that.”

Mindset and Heartset
https://edgeperspectives.typepad.com/edge_perspectives/2018/11/mindset-and-heartset.html
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Mindset and Heartset - must read by John Hagel

“The key assumption in the room was that it was all about the mind. They assumed that our assumptions and beliefs shape what we feel and what we do. In this view of the world, emotions are a distraction, or at best a second order effect, and it’s ultimately all about our mind.

Expanding our view
I would suggest that we’re a lot more complicated than that. Our emotions aren’t just derivative of our assumptions and beliefs. Emotions shape our perceptions, assumptions, thoughts and beliefs as well. If you try to shape assumptions and beliefs without paying attention to the emotions that already exist, good luck.

We need to move beyond mindset and expand our horizons to address our heartset: what are the emotions that filter how we perceive the world, shape what we believe and influence how we act?”

Mindset and Heartset
https://edgeperspectives.typepad.com/edge_perspectives/2018/11/mindset-and-heartset.html
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Artificial Intelligence Is Not A Technology (Forbes)

“Yet, with centuries of technology advancement and the almost exponential increase of computing resources, data, knowledge, and capabilities, we still have not yet achieved the vision of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) -- machines that can be an equal counterpart of human ability. We’re not even close. We have devices we can talk to that don’t understand what we’re saying. We have cars that will happily drive straight into a wall if that’s what your GPS instructs it to do. Machines are detecting images but not understanding what they are. And we have amazing machines that can beat world champions at chess and Go and multiplayer games, but can’t answer a question as basic as “how long should I cook a 14 pound turkey?” We’ve mastered computing. We’ve wrangled big data. We’re figuring out learning. We have no idea how to achieve general intelligence.”

Artificial Intelligence Is Not A Technology
https://www.forbes.com/sites/cognitiveworld/2018/11/01/artificial-intelligence-is-not-a-technology/?utm_campaign=f93d7b1204-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_11_10_05_46&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Cognitive%2BRoundUp&utm_term=0_8baf59472a-f93d7b1204-98985207
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Ignore AI Fear Factor at Your Peril: A Futurist’s Call for 'Digital Ethics'

“In fact, Leonhard cited Gartner’s recent pronouncement that a leading tech topic for 2019 will be “digital ethics,” a focus on compliance, values and respect for individuals' data in response to public concerns about privacy. Leonhard himself defines digital ethics as “the difference between doing whatever technological progress will enable us to do, and putting human happiness and societal flourishing first at all times.””

Ignore AI Fear Factor at Your Peril: A Futurist’s Call for 'Digital Ethics'
https://www.enterprisetech.com/2018/11/03/ignore-the-ai-fear-factor-at-your-peril-a-futurists-call-for-digital-ethics/
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Sundar Pichai of Google: ‘Technology Doesn’t Solve Humanity’s Problems’

“But there’s a deeper thing here, which is: Technology doesn’t solve humanity’s problems. It was always naïve to think so. Technology is an enabler, but humanity has to deal with humanity’s problems. I think we’re both over-reliant on technology as a way to solve things and probably, at this moment, over-indexing on technology as a source of all problems, too.”

Sundar Pichai of Google: ‘Technology Doesn’t Solve Humanity’s Problems’
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/08/business/sundar-pichai-google-corner-office.html
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