The list of tech failures in development is long. Whether it be drone pilots getting in the way of emergency relief in Nepal, or computers gathering dust in Indian schools because teachers don’t know how to use them, the outcome is rarely positive when techies fall in love with their preferred solutions rather than taking time to understand real problems faced by real people.
A big thank you to everyone who suggested great things for my holiday reading list. The criteria was “Books or articles published in 2017 that focus on the social, economic, and political impact of Artificial Intelligence.”
As a result...here's a list of what I’ll be reading on my two week trip (Cornwall, Scilly Isles, Majorca).
The UK election this Thursday will be shaped by artificial intelligence. Voters will be swayed by this technology without even knowing it.
The UK Government does not yet have a serious plan to deal with the massive disruption AI will bring to employment
Most of us are clueless about what data is collected about us, by whom, and for what purpose. This is recognised by both parties when the necessary acquisition of consent is literally and figuratively reduced to a farcical box-ticking exercise. What a strange contract it is when the customer signing doesn’t read it, the company knows its customer doesn’t read it, and the customer knows that the company knows that the customer doesn’t read it. We need to consider whether access to our personal data remains a reasonable condition of use for everyday services, from email to Facebook.
1. AI playlist prepared wrestlers
The US Olympic wrestling team listened to music composed by artificial intelligence to prepare for their matches. Created by Brain.fm, the music is designed to provoke three types of neurological brain states: relaxation, focus or sleep.
The range of individuals and organisations that have submitted evidence for this inquiry - from NGOs, to government departments, to academics, to industry - is testament to the wide-ranging impact that robotics and AI are set to have on all our lives. But despite the diversity of opinion in these submissions, consensus emerges on a crucial point: the public has a vital role to play in ensuring that the opportunities presented by these technologies can be fully explored and the risks can be mitigated.
By working hand in hand with our fellow EU countries Britain has had a much more powerful voice at the G7s, G20s, Global Fund Replenishment summits, and Climate summits where the world’s serious problems have been addressed over the last few years. I have seen this at first hand and time and time again. Likewise, when it comes to addressing the evil of modern slavery and human trafficking our best hope is to work with Europol and police services across Europe.
Future Advocacy is pleased that the UK Science and Technology Select Committee has launched an inquiry into Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. You can see our full written submission to the inquiry below. We look forward to reading the Committee's report on its findings in September.
Yesterday World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake announced a new alliance around early childhood development (ECD) that aims to make investments in the early years a global priority. It is ‘morally the right thing to do, and economically the smart thing to do’, Kim urged. With this new impetus, there is simply no excuse for governments to neglect this fundamental area.
Backgammon, draughts, chess, and now the ancient Chinese board game of Go: developers of artificial intelligence have often turned to games. But, far from being a trivial pursuit, we should see this preoccupation as a powerful sign of increased AI capability.
Artificial Intelligence has crept up on us during this century, and now it’s everywhere. Yet, it remains alien and unknown to many people. Computer scientists and cognitive researchers are busy developing it - but what does this mean for the rest of us?
The Health Select Committee's comprehensive and powerful report, launched today, is a shot in the arm that does wonders to renew faith in politicians...