Tagged: artificial intelligence

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

Google’s artificial intelligence finds two new exoplanets missed by human eyes - Guest Work

Guest Work Dec 18, 2017

Jake Clark, University of Southern Queensland Two new exoplanets have been discovered thanks to NASA’s collaboration with Google’s artificial intelligence (AI). One of those in today’s announcement is an eighth planet – Kepler-90i – found orbiting the Sun-like star Kepler-90. This makes it the first system discovered with an equal number of planets to our own Solar … Read More

What the robots of Star Wars tell us about automation, and the future of human work - Guest Work

Guest Work Dec 14, 2017

Paul Salmon, University of the Sunshine Coast Millions of fans all over the world are eagerly anticipating this week’s release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the eighth in the series. At last we will get some answers to questions that have been vexing us since 2015’s The Force Awakens. Throughout the franchise, the core characters … 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

Engineers, philosophers and sociologists release ethical design guidelines for future technology - Guest Work

Guest Work Dec 14, 2017

Rafael A Calvo, University of Sydney and Dorian Peters, University of Sydney If kids spend hours a day speaking to digital personal assistant Alexa, how will this affect the way they connect to real people? When a self-driving car runs over a pedestrian, who do you take to court? Is it okay to manipulate people’s emotions … 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

This is what happens when you talk to your mother about artificial intelligence - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Oct 03, 2017

I have been chatting with my mother about the headlines around artificial intelligence and my own venture into the field. In this poem she has picked up beautifully, I think, on the idea is that any problems with AI will be because of our own inadequacies as we train the machines.  K.A. Pickering, October 2017   Artificial Intelligence  Artificial Intelligence … 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