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Ayse Kok

Ayse has over 8 years of experience in the field of social, mobile and digital technologies both from a practitioner and from a researcher perspective. She participated in various projects in partnership with international organizations such as UN, NATO and the EU. Ayse also acted as an adjunct faculty member in her home town Turkey. Ayse attended various international conferences as a speaker and published several articles in both peer-reviewed journals and academic books. She completed her master and doctorate degrees at both University of Oxford and Cambridge in UK.

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Principles over Populism: A Good Start for Ethics in AI

By Ayse Kok / June 20, 2018

Google’s declaration of principles for AI is a short but carefully worded text covering the main issues related to the uses of its technology. It is worth reading the document, given that it raises many about the future and the rules we will need to guide us as it evolves. The regulation of artificial intelligence is […]

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A Supermind or A Global Mind?

By Ayse Kok / June 19, 2018

Intelligence refers to the ability to effectively address a wide range of goals in different environments. In a general sense, this mental capability involves the ability to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend complex ideas, learn quickly and learn from experience.  It is the kind of intelligence that’s long been measured in IQ tests, and that, for […]

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Big Tech is Sorry!

By Ayse Kok / June 17, 2018

Big Tech is sorry. After decades of rarely apologizing for anything, Silicon Valley suddenly seems to be apologizing for everything. They are sorry about the trolls. They are sorry about the bots. They are sorry about the fake news and the Russians. Yet, they are especially sorry about our brains. Internet anxiety is nothing new. Amid rising […]

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The Clash of Automatons

By Ayse Kok / June 13, 2018

As AI (Artificial Intelligence) continues to progress and businesses across the globe benefit from its capabilities, it’s important to ensure that the technology is being harnessed for good, to create a better, fairer society. AI systems are already superior to humans in certain tasks such as image recognition, data analysis and problem-solving tasks. These advances […]

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The Moral Machine

By Ayse Kok / June 10, 2018

Researchers across the globe are working extensively towards achieving an artificially intelligent system that can behave in an ethically and morally right manner. Morality, or the nature of distinguishing good from the bad, is an important human trait which researchers are now obsessively looking to infuse into machines. But, why are humans obsessing over it? […]

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A Treatise of Robotics

By Ayse Kok / June 8, 2018

The question “Can and should robots have rights?” consists of two separate queries: ‘Can robots have rights?’ as a question about the capability of a particular entity. ‘Should robots have rights?’ as a question that inquiries about obligations in the face of this entity. These two questions invoke and operationalize a rather famous conceptual distinction […]

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The Geometry of the Digital Space

By Ayse Kok / June 7, 2018

Data science provides huge opportunities to improve private and public life, as well as our environment (consider the development of smart cities or the problems caused by carbon emissions). Unfortunately, such opportunities are also coupled to significant ethical challenges. The extensive use of increasingly more data — often personal, if not sensitive (big data) — and the growing reliance […]

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How to Govern A.I.

By Ayse Kok / June 5, 2018

Artificial intelligence (“AI”) permeates our lives in numerous subtle and not-so-subtle ways, which presents both practical and conceptual challenges for society. Many of the practical challenges stem from the manner in which AI is researched and developed and from the basic problem of controlling the actions of autonomous machines. The conceptual challenges arise from the difficulties […]

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Ethics and Robotics

By Ayse Kok / June 2, 2018

In October last year, Saudi Arabia became the first country in the world to give a robot citizenship. When taking to the stage to announce “her” new status, Sophia said she was “very honored and proud for this unique distinction…It is historic to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with citizenship.” Robots are considered […]

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Should AI Be Ethical At All?

By Ayse Kok / June 1, 2018

As with any technology, AI’s potential to help or harm us depends on how it is applied and overseen. Ethical AI is garnering much interest, but it’s not always clear what this refers to. A broad range of emerging issues have been identified as requiring ethical frameworks or principles in order to steer the development […]

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The Building Block of Artificial Intelligence

By Ayse Kok / May 30, 2018

Computer programs have reached a bewildering point in their long and unsteady journey toward artificial intelligence. They outperform people at tasks we once felt to be uniquely human, such as playing poker or recognizing faces in a crowd. Meanwhile, self-driving cars using similar technology run into pedestrians and posts and we wonder whether they can ever […]

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