Coronavirus Pandemic Hotwires the Fourth Industrial Revolution

April 29, 2020

As the digital, physical and biological worlds continue fusing together against the backdrop of innovation in artificial intelligence, the world is experiencing the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Can Humanity Withstand the Assault of Deepfakes?

November 05, 2019

In early 2019, Foreign Affairs took a detailed look at the social and potentially political implication of the emergence of a phenomenon called “Deepfakes,” the result of recent advances in digital technology. The article describes the kind of manipulation of images and sound that now...

Is Technology Neutral?

September 06, 2019

At the climax of a “60 Minutes” segment on ethical technology design, host Anderson Cooper demanded suspiciously of Tristan Harris, “Is technology neutral?” While Cooper made the word “neutral” seem like a loaded challenge, the truth is that “neutral” is as neutral a word as can...

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,...

10 Physics Tricks to Recover From Digital Decalibration

August 23, 2019

This is a list of straightforward ways to feel better in the age of smartphones. This list can serve as a companion to an earlier edition of Tech Turncoat Truths listing how screens damage the human nervous system, and also to a peer-reviewed article making the same case. Here's the gist of...

Will the Brainbelts Manage to Satisfy All Our Needs?

July 31, 2019

Almost all observers of economic transformation have recently focused on the feared (or cheered) future dominance of artificial intelligence and robotics. This week, Atul Singh, the founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of Fair Observer, reviews a fascinating book, “The Smartest Places on Earth,”...

Smart Brainbelts, Not Donald Trump, Are Making America Great Again

July 29, 2019

In 2016, Antoine van Agtmael and Fred Bakker published “The Smartest Places on Earth.” Van Agtmael, a personal friend and a donor to Fair Observer, asked me to review the book. Unfortunately, day-to-day writing, editorial and administrative tasks in a crazy year ensured that this fell off the...

10 Physics Reasons Why Screens Are Bad for Humans

July 26, 2019

Here are 10 interlocking reasons why using screens damages the human nervous system. The reasons are derived from basic mathematical principles of how matter and energy move in space and time. The gist is that the human nervous system, seen as a sensitive instrument, needs to calibrate itself using...

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....

UAE Attracts AI Investment Due to Flexibility

June 18, 2019

As the AI industry develops, it is without a doubt that the United Arab Emirates will continue to make tech headlines. Pragmatic countries eying long-term economic sustainability know they must invest in technology amid an expected explosion of artificial intelligence (AI). According to a report...

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