The Unbearable Shallowness of “Deep AI”

March 31, 2021

Since people invented writing, communications technology has become steadily more high-bandwidth, pervasive and persuasive, taking a commensurate toll on human attention and cognition. In that bandwidth war between machines and humans, the machines’ latest weapon is a class of statistical...

How Artificial Intelligence Can Slow the Spread of COVID-19

March 14, 2021

A new machine learning approach to COVID-19 testing has produced encouraging results in Greece. The technology, named Eva, dynamically used recent testing results collected at the Greek border to detect and limit the importation of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases among arriving international...

While AI Is All the Rage, What Is Neuroscience Up To?

January 05, 2020

Ever since the term artificial intelligence (AI) was coined in 1956, it has had a close relationship with neuroscience. Initial concepts of building machines capable of logical thinking were derived from mathematical logic and information theory, but the driving force behind AI was the desire to...

Intelligence Is Not Wisdom

September 05, 2019

At the end of August, two prestigious names in the technology and business world graced the stage of the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai. The Chinese television station that broadcast the debate between Jack Ma, (CEO of Alibaba) and hyperreal hero Elon Musk (CEO of Tesla,...

Google and Our Collective AI Future

July 19, 2019

The pace of change in the artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning arena is already breathtaking, and it promises to continue to upend conventional wisdom and surpass some of our wildest expectations as it proceeds on what appears at times to be an unalterable and pre-ordained course....

Are Humans and Machines at War?

June 13, 2019

With robots and artificial intelligence destined to take over the economy, does anyone have an idea of how a truce might end the war between man and machine? Wired features an article with the title, “Inside the Amazon Warehouse Where Humans and Machines Become One.” The author, Matt Simon,...

AI and the New Dimensions of Hyperreality

February 27, 2019

Tesla’s Elon Musk is battling on every front of our rapidly unfolding future and may have found the ultimate means of insulting our (artificial) intelligence. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and founder of SpaceX, famously warned us that artificial intelligence could lead to the extinction of...

The Technology Space Is Rapidly Evolving in Africa, and It’s Not All Good News

November 23, 2018

The lack of technology policy and its poor implementation can lead to economic and political instability, and the effects of this are magnified in African countries with weak rule of law. One of the poorest countries in Africa is getting serious about going digital. In October, the Malawian...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Time to “Ban”?

January 24, 2018

Walsh has joined Elon Musk and Alphabet’s Mustafa Suleyman in calling for a ban on autonomous weapons. Professor Toby Walsh, one of the eminent experts and promoters of artificial intelligence (AI), has expressed some serious concern about one of the likely uses of intelligent robots: “I...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Reading” and AI

January 18, 2018

Can computers understand whether comprehension comprehends understanding? The Financial Times announces a milestone in the history of education in particular and humanity in general. After triumphing over grandmasters in chess and expert players of Go, artificial intelligence (AI) now...

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