Thursday, March 23, 2017
  1. A Normative Approach to Preventing Cyberwarfare

    Joseph S. Nye
  2. A Tax on Robots?

    Yanis Varoufakis

    A Tax on Robots?

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     has an alternative to Bill Gates's recent suggestion for offsetting the social costs of automation.

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    Bill Gates thinks that, to ease the social costs implied by automation’s displacement effects, robots should be required to pay taxes. But why make life under capitalism more complicated than it already is, when there is an alternative to a robot tax that is easy to implement and simple to justify? READ MORE
  3. Mapping the Future of AI

    Margaret A. Boden

    Mapping the Future of AI

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     pours cold water on the idea of the "Singularity," when artificial intelligence outsmarts us.

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    Given the possibility of "deep learning" by artificial systems, it is not surprising that some people foresee a point known as the “Singularity,” when artificial intelligence will exceed human intelligence, by intelligently improving itself. But artificial general intelligence is not in our foreseeable future. READ MORE
  4. Managing Big Data’s Big Risks

    Ernest Davis

    Managing Big Data’s Big Risks

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     identifies four hazards stemming from growing reliance on algorithms and machine-learning programs.

    A member of staff poses for a photograph in a projection of live data feeds taken from Twitter, Instagram and Transport for London, as he stands in the 'London Situation Room,' a n artwork created in collaboration with Future Cities Catapult & Tekja, during a photocall to promote the Big Bang Data exhibition at Somerset House in London on December 2, 2015. Justin Tallis/Stringer
    In the last 15 years, we have witnessed an explosion in the amount of digital data available – and in the computer technologies used to process it. But while Big Data will undoubtedly deliver important scientific, technological, and medical advances, we must not lose sight of four major risks. READ MORE
  5. Work in an Automated Future

    Johan Aurik

    Work in an Automated Future

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     is confident that we can adapt to ongoing technological disruptions, as we have in the past.

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    The Fourth Industrial Revolution will disrupt employment, just as the previous three did. But before we assume the worst, we should recall that technological change has more often affected the nature of work, rather than the opportunity to participate in work itself. READ MORE
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