ADN Compilation: AI Artifical Intelligence and Its Affects on our Everyday Lives
By: Ami Tiel 9/5/17
Special credit to Gia Brown, Ann Rose Laurence and Angeline Dean for their contributions to this article. Featured Image by Antonio F. Branco via Comically Incorrect Cartoon.
Technology will force you to conform or you will be eliminated in one way or another from the Brave New World.
As Sumantra Maitra wrote, “Nothing could be more dystopian than the largest information, communication, and documentation hub controlling your thoughts and punishing you for wrong think.”
The pursuit of “progress” is going to drastically change our nation and not necessarily in a positive way or in the traditional American way.
I wrote this post last Wed. –
First staff meeting of the day:
Robots and A.I. will replace many humans in the job market over the next ten years. Any job a robot can do, a robot will do. Right down to brick laying to making pizzas. Millions of people will be jobless and essentially unemployable unless they can work on the computers, algorithms, and coding. Other areas/fields of impact – service industry, trucking and transportation, healthcare, journalism, analysts, etc. Unless human interaction is a must, a necessity to function, the job or task will be accomplished by robots.
Technology, and those who own and control the technology, will run the country and facilitate most, if not all, forms of employment or lack of in the future (in other words own and control the country by controlling your ability to buy and sell, eat or starve).
Technology in the classroom. STEM is the driving force. Training students for jobs that don’t exist yet. Huge focus on electronics, understanding and writing code, education by means of technology and electronics in all areas by multiple means.
Today’s presentation by the assistant principal was based on information he received from a 4 day “Model Schools” national conference he attended over the summer. Tech. companies/corporations that were highlighted in the presentation: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, etc. as technology leaders to herd us into the A.I., data-driven, robotic world of the future.
What wasn’t discussed was the enormous impact this will have on the lives of our students and their families and the fear, the suffering, and the despair they will go through as they adapt to our Brave New World.
No one questioned this race into the unknown. Everyone watched and nodded in agreement as they received their marching orders.
I understand why schools are adapting and changing to meet the needs of the future. I guess I’m still a bit overwhelmed at the fact that the millions of human lives that will be dramatically affected by this “progress” had/have no choice or voice in the matter.
Go along to get along. Consequences be damned.
I’m still digesting all of this. No doubt my thoughts and feelings will evolve.
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AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs
By: Aaron Smith and Janna Anderson August 2014
-The vast majority of respondents to the 2014 Future of the Internet canvassing anticipate that robotics and artificial intelligence will permeate wide segments of daily life by 2025, with huge implications for a range of industries such as health care, transport and logistics, customer service, and home maintenance. But even as they are largely consistent in their predictions for the evolution of technology itself, they are deeply divided on how advances in AI and robotics will impact the economic and employment picture over the next decade.
How Artificial Intelligence and Robots Will Radically Transform the Economy
By Kevin Maney
The first crude version of an automated gas-delivering robot appeared in 1964 at a station in Westminster, Colorado. Short Stop convenience store owner John Roscoe bought an electric box that let a clerk inside activate any of the pumps outside. Self-serve pumps didn’t catch on until the 1970s, when pump-makers added automation that let customers pay at the pump, and over the next 30 years, stations across the nation installed these task-specific robots and fired attendants. By the 2000s, the gas attendant job had all but disappeared. (Two states, New Jersey and Oregon, protect full-service gas by law.)
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Rage and Impotence
The world’s top tech companies are in a race to build the best AI and capture that massive market, which means the technology will get better fast—and come at us as fast. IBM is investing $1 billion in its Watson; Amazon is banking on Alexa; Apple has Siri. Google, Facebook and Microsoft are devoting their research labs to AI and robotics. In September, Salesforce.com announced it’s adding AI, called Einstein, to its business software. Its value, CEO Marc Benioff said at the launch, will be in “helping people do the things that people are good at and turning more things over to machines.”
The Unemployment Line Starts Here
Truck driver is the most common job in the world—3.5 million of them in the U.S. alone. Over the summer, the Dutch government ran a successful test of driverless trucks crossing Europe. Uber recently paid $680 million to buy Otto, a startup working on auto-drive trucks and founded by former Google AI specialists. Consulting company McKinsey has predicted that within eight years, one-third of all trucks on the road will drive themselves. In maybe 15 years, truck driver will, likegas station attendant, be an anachronism.
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Robots expected to replace some five million jobs by 2020
By Lulu Chang —
2020 is shaping up to be a big year for us: the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that “more than half of the nation’s children are expected to be part of a minority race or ethnic group;” LG plans to have tripled its solar panel production by then; there’ll be another Olympic Games; and, oh yeah, robots will apparently take over some five million jobs. It’s the latest in a series of figures economists have released projecting the impact that AI systems and machines will have on the human workforce, and this one, from the World Economic Forum, predicts a “Fourth Industrial Revolution,” characterized by unprecedented “developments in genetics, artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, 3D printing, and biotechnology.”
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Putin believes that whatever country has the best AI will be ‘the ruler of the world’
By: Edoardo Maggio Sep. 4, 2017
…Putin told students that “artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia, but for all of humankind.”
Currently, AI is being used by companies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Apple to power some of their cutting-edge software and services. But technological advancements in the military field means that AI-powered weapons might be the next step in the evolution of warfare….
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Putin to Russian students: “Whoever leads in AI will rule the world”
By: East-West Digital News 05.09.2017
Just three months after demonstrating an unexpected interest in the Ethereum technology — in which he sees a potential instrument for tech modernization, — Vladimir Putin has shared with Russian students his far-reaching views on artificial intelligence (AI).
In a 45-minute “open lesson” about science on Friday – September 1, 2017 year, the Russian president told Russian students that “whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world”.
“Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia, but for all humankind. It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict,” – Putin warned.
Elon Musk Sides With Putin, Says AI Will Likely Be the ‘Cause of World War III’
By: Manish Singh 04 September 2017
Billionaire technology executive Elon Musk weighed in on Monday to support Russia president Vladimir Putin’s remarks from last week, in which the 64-year-old predicted that the country which makes major investments in AI research will dominate global affairs. Musk, who has previously expressed concerns about the possibilities of AI becoming a threat to the human race, chimed in to add that that competition for superiority in AI at national level would “most likely be the cause of World War III.”
China, Russia, [and] soon all countries will soon have strong grip over computer science, Musk posted on Twitter. He added that perhaps the war won’t be initiated by country leaders, but the AI system would itself set wheels in motion “if it decides that a preemptive strike is most probable path to victory,” the 46-year-old CEO of Tesla, Solar City, and Space X wrote.
Elon Musk Says Mark Zuckerberg’s Understanding of AI Is Limited
By: Manish Singh 25 July 2017
Responding to a tweet Tuesday, which talked about Zuckerberg’s remarks on the matter, Musk said he has spoken to the Facebook CEO about it, and reached the conclusion that his “understanding of the subject is limited.”
Even as AI remains in its nascent stage – recent acquisitions suggest that most companies only started looking at AI-focused startups five years ago – major companies are aggressively placing big bets on it. Companies are increasingly exploring opportunities to use machine learning and other AI components to improve their products and services and push things forward.
But as AI is seeing tremendous attention, some, including people like Musk worry that we need to regulate these efforts as they could pose a “fundamental risk to the existence of human civilisation.”
Zuckerberg condemns ‘irresponsible naysayer’ Musk over ‘doomsday’ AI claims (VIDEO)
In a Facebook Live post Sunday, billionaire social media magnate Zuckerberg smoked brisket in a wood-burning oven while pondering Musk’s “irresponsible” doomsday AI thoughts.
Earlier this month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk expressed his belief to US governors that AI could prove to be one of the most destructive technological innovations in history, unless regulation is taken swiftly.
During the talk he said AI is a “fundamental risk to civilization.”
AI Advances Mean Your Next Doctor Could Very Well Be a Bot
By: Agence France-Presse 19 June 2017
Your next doctor could very well be a bot. And bots, or automated programs, are likely to play a key role in finding cures for some of the most difficult-to-treat diseases and conditions.
Artificial intelligence is rapidly moving into health care, led by some of the biggest technology companies and emerging startups using it to diagnose and respond to a raft of conditions.
Consider these examples:
— California researchers detected cardiac arrhythmia with 97 percent accuracy on wearers of an Apple Watch with the AI-based Cariogram application, opening up early treatment options to avert strokes.
— Scientists from Harvard and the University of Vermont developed a machine learning tool – a type of AI that enables computers to learn without being explicitly programmed – to better identify depression by studying Instagram posts, suggesting “new avenues for early screening and detection of mental illness.”
— Researchers from Britain’s University of Nottingham created an algorithm that predicted heart attacks better than doctors using conventional guidelines.
While technology has always played a role in medical care, a wave of investment from Silicon Valley and a flood of data from connected devices appear to be spurring innovation.
“I think a tipping point was when Apple released its ResearchKit,” said Forrester Research analyst Kate McCarthy, referring to a program letting Apple users enable data from their daily activities to be used in medical studies.
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As Halli Labs Is Acquired by Google, Here Are Other AI Startups That Have Attracted Tech Giants
July 13, 2017
Whether it’s Microsoft trying to help Indian farmers predict when it’s going to rain, Google improving its multi-lingual translation service, Facebook trying to figure out who you should be friends with next, or IBM’s Watson trying to change the health industry, global giants are increasingly betting on AI (artificial intelligence) to expand and perfect their services.
But even as these companies — and many more — race to be the frontrunner in the nascent AI space, many believe that it will take years of efforts to fully realise the potential and reap benefits of how this growing technology will shape the products of today and tomorrow.
In doing so, companies are aggressively looking at talents and startups to bring them on-board — or put their money in — and incorporate their learnings. In fact, dozens of startups focused on AI solutions have been bagged by Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon among other companies in the past years.
We’ve a run-down on all the popular AI-focused companies that have been acquired by the giant. As you will notice in the list, these acquisitions only go far as back as five-six years, reaffirming how nascent this space is.
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WHY TEACHERS SHOULDN’T FEAR ROBOTS TAKING OVER THEIR JOBS
By Omar Mubin and
Robots are increasingly being used to teach students in the classroom for a number of subjects across science, maths and language. But our research shows that while students enjoy learning with robots, teachers are slightly reluctant to use them in the classroom.
In our study, which saw staff and students interact with the Nao humanoid robot, teachers said they were more skeptical of robots being integrated into the classroom.
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Researchers shut down AI that invented its own language
An artificial intelligence system being developed at Facebook has created its own language. It developed a system of code words to make communication more efficient. Researchers shut the system down when they realized the AI was no longer using English.
The observations made at Facebook are the latest in a long line of similar cases. In each instance, an AI being monitored by humans has diverged from its training in English to develop its own language. The resulting phrases appear to be nonsensical gibberish to humans but contain semantic meaning when interpreted by AI “agents.”
Negotiating in a new language
As Fast Co. Design reports, Facebook’s researchers recently noticed its new AI had given up on English. The advanced system is capable of negotiating with other AI agents so it can come to conclusions on how to proceed. The agents began to communicate using phrases that seem unintelligible at first but actually represent the task at hand.
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Artificial intelligence cyber attacks are coming – but what does that mean?
The next major cyberattack could involve artificial intelligence systems. It could even happen soon: At a recent cybersecurity conference, 62 industry professionals, out of the 100 questioned, said they thought the first AI-enhanced cyberattack could come in the next 12 months.
This doesn’t mean robots will be marching down Main Street. Rather, artificial intelligence will make existing cyberattack efforts – things like identity theft, denial-of-service attacks and password cracking – more powerful and more efficient. This is dangerous enough – this type of hacking can steal money, cause emotional harm and even injure or kill people. Larger attacks can cut power to hundreds of thousands of people, shut down hospitals and even affect national security.
As a scholar who has studied AI decision-making, I can tell you that interpreting human actions is still difficult for AI’s and that humans don’t really trust AI systems to make major decisions. So, unlike in the movies, the capabilities AI could bring to cyberattacks – and cyberdefense – are not likely to immediately involve computers choosing targets and attacking them on their own. People will still have to create attack AI systems, and launch them at particular targets. But nevertheless, adding AI to today’s cybercrime and cybersecurity world will escalate what is already a rapidly changing arms race between attackers and defenders.
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Artificial intelligence researchers must learn ethics
Autonomy in AI
Autonomous systems can make decisions for themselves, with little to no input from humans. This greatly increases the usefulness of robots and similar devices.
For example, an autonomous delivery drone only requires the delivery address, and can then work out for itself the best route to take – overcoming any obstacles that it may encounter along the way, such as adverse weather or a flock of curious seagulls.
Ethics and reasoning
Whatever your opinion of such weapons systems, the issue highlights the need for consideration of ethical issues in AI research.
What does this mean for education?
The emergence of ethics as a topic for discussion in AI research suggests that we should also consider how we prepare students for a world in which autonomous systems are increasingly common.
…As AI becomes more widely and deeply embedded in everyday life, it is imperative that technologists understand the society in which they live and the effect their inventions may have on it.
This is an ongoing series on the topic of Artificial Intelligence. Please check back for future articles. –Editor