Sink or Swim: Governments Must Embrace Blockchain Technology

The reaction of different governments to blockchain as technology and cryptocurrency, in particular, vary significantly. While some embrace the technology and have given the industry a boost through supportive policies and frameworks, others, such...

It’s Time To Learn The Art And Science Of Delegation

For leaders who have grown accustomed to managing every aspect of their business, micromanaging can be a tough habit to break. To be fair, the necessity of being a jack-of-all-trades within the operation is...

AI forecast: ‘Disruption, then productivity’

There is growing concern about all the white-collar jobs that will disappear with the spread of machine learning and AI. It gets me thinking about slide rules. The connection is that innovation causes disruptions, then...

How Can AI and Humans Work Together?

In the movie Bicentennial Man, Robin Williams plays a robot that transforms people’s lives by helping them make their everyday tasks easier to accomplish- things like opening the window, cooking dinner, and cleaning the...

Making the Leap from Speech to Dialogue: The Challenge for Human to Machine Communication

Robots are everywhere and doing virtually everything. We have even begun conversing with them in situations that are beginning to resemble interpersonal communication. Right now these spoken dialogue systems (SDS) tends to be limited...

Merging Humanities with Machines

In the late 2000s, the terms "techie" and "fuzzy" became cultural touchstones: The "techies" majored in engineering and the sciences, the "fuzzies" in arts and the humanities. Polarization between the humanities and the sciences...

The Long Path of AI: Destructive or Transformative?

The field of AI (artificial intelligence), to those on the outside, must appear to be an orderly gathering of intellectuals collaborating at the cutting edge of technology. The reality is a bit different. Last...

Co-creating History with AI

A new division of history occurred with the advent of the digital information revolution, the way we now live described as hyperhistory. This new way of living is characterized by certain features: 1) Our technologies are...

From Data-vidual back to Individual: The Art of Authenticity in the Age of Big...

Common in AI research circles of the 1960s and early 1970s was the optimistic idea that everything concerning the operations of the human mind and behavior can be formalized as such an ‘effective procedure’....

Towards A Model of Algorithmic Fairness

In 1986, when Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, he told the assembled audience, ‘We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never...

Flourishing through AI

That AI (Artificial Intelligence) will have a major impact on society is no longer in question. Current debate turns instead on how far this impact will be positive or negative, for whom, in which...

Program or be Programmed?

Algorithms help us make sense of complex issues. Using clear parameters and a set of simple rules, they have become our digital companions, solving real-world problems we encounter at every step, and optimizing the way we make...

Relevance for Leaders in the AI Age

Today’s leaders must constantly update their survival skills if they want to stay on the island. Three capabilities to sharpen in today’s fast-moving digital world are adaptability, continuous learning, and empathy. Leaders who can adapt The...

IOTA’s Smart city strides

The concept of Smart city has been gathering momentum recently with the City of Taipei partnering with the IOTA foundation (Jan. 2018) to achieve the smart city goal initiatives. There is a multitude of smart city...

Freedom from AI: Micro or Macro Domination?

The concept of domination (a concept taken from republican political theory) provides a useful way of understanding and confronting the challenge of the digital panopticon. Republicanism is a rich political and philosophical tradition. Its essential ideas date...

The Universe with AI

Galileo viewed nature as a book written in the language of mathematics and decipherable through physics. His metaphor may have been a stretch for his milieu, but not for ours. Ours is a world...

Altruism in Robotics

Looking at state of the art technology, today's robots are nowhere close to the intelligence and complexity of humans or animals, nor will they reach this stage in the near future. Yet, while it...

Principles over Populism: A Good Start for Ethics in AI

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...

A Supermind or A Global Mind?

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,...

Big Tech is Sorry!

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...