Tagged: AI

Don’t automate the fun out of life - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 26, 2018

Peter Hancock, University of Central Florida This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Imagine you are about to go on vacation. You have been looking forward to it for some time. But your robotic personal assistant has other ideas. It calmly explains to you that it will be cheaper, safer and … Read More

Time for serious work on the benefits and risks of artificial intelligence - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 08, 2018

This opinion piece by Dr Matt Boyd and Professor Nick Wilson kicks off a series that will run over the next couple of weeks looking at tech giant Google’s AI aspirations. In a just published paper in the NZ journal ‘Policy Quarterly’ we look at how the NZ Government might respond to rapid developments in artificial intelligence (AI). In this … Read More

AI whispering: Be careful what you ask for - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Dec 14, 2017

In this second episode of AI Whispering I learn to be careful what I ask for and the machine learns a new trick. Oops “…machines are machines are machines… …it’s programming Jim, but not as we know it… ..remember to put the foot on the brake…” Those were some of the mantras I needed to repeat after a faux … Read More

AI whispering: And so it begins - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Dec 04, 2017

On Friday, I began a new profession, that of AI Whisperer.  Well, actually, I sent a first email to an intelligent machine for a project that we hope will teach it to read electrocardiograms at least as well as most doctors.  So, ‘AI Whisperer’ is more aspirational than reality for now, but as I post about my experiences with the … Read More

Artificial intelligence: Flourish with change - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Oct 16, 2017

Newshub decided to do an “AI” piece today. Expect much more of this kind of “filler” piece. They will go thus… “X says AI will take all our jobs, Y says AI will save us.” These pieces are about as well informed and informing as a lump of 4×2 – good for propping up a slow news day, … Read More

100% renewable by 2050: the technology already exists to make it happen - Guest Work

Guest Work Aug 25, 2017

By Dénes Csala, Lancaster University and Sgouris Sgouridis, Masdar Institute Most of the world could switch to 100% renewable energy by 2050, creating millions of jobs, saving millions of lives that would otherwise be lost to air pollution, and avoiding 1.5℃ of warming. That’s the bold claim of a major new study by Stanford professor Mark … Read More

Christchurch meet the future; Zach meet Christchurch - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Aug 23, 2017

It would have struggled to be more low key.  There was no Champagne.  No flashy graphics.  No celebrity speakers.  But it was probably one of the most radical and important announcements made in Christchurch and in the technology space in decades.  You see, Zach is coming to town and we have all been invited. Zach is an A.I.  Zach belongs … Read More

The future of artificial intelligence: two experts disagree - Guest Work

Guest Work Jul 18, 2017

Peter Stratton, The University of Queensland and Michael Milford, Queensland University of Technology Artificial intelligence (AI) promises to revolutionise our lives, drive our cars, diagnose our health problems, and lead us into a new future where thinking machines do things that we’re yet to imagine. Or does it? Not everyone agrees. Even billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, … Read More

No more playing games: AlphaGo AI to tackle some real world challenges - Guest Work

Guest Work Jun 10, 2017

By Geoff Goodhill, The University of Queensland Humankind lost another important battle with artificial intelligence (AI) last month, when AlphaGo beat the world’s leading Go player Ke Jie by three games to zero. AlphaGo is an AI program developed by DeepMind, part of Google’s parent company Alphabet. Last year it beat another leading player, … Read More

Global risks and strategies for superintelligence - Guest Work

Guest Work May 28, 2017

The following is a synopsis of a presentation last week by a Wellington business strategy consultant, David Miller. He expressed deep concerns about the nature and extent of global risks of future superintelligence. Miller’s presentation  was part of Hutt City Council’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Manufacturing and Mathematics (STEMM) Festival. The arrival of superintelligence is probably still several decades … Read More

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