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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


How to Not Be Creepy While Using Employee Data in Workforce Management

By Mona Sabet / June 11, 2018

Tech companies (ab)using personal data is today’s 1984. And while Facebook is at the forefront of our outrage, a growing industry in the HR Tech space is also experiencing challenges overcoming the creepiness factor of mining all our interactions at work. HR Tech Over the past years, there has been a minor explosion of startups […]


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? […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


The 1960s Hippie Movement and How It Gave Rise to Silicon Valley

By John DeCleene / May 28, 2018

There’s probably not a person in the world that doesn’t associate Silicon Valley with major technological enterprise – most of us associate the area with big-time tech developers like Google and Apple. But what was happening before the business-focused tech boom to make it fertile ground for so much activity in the 1990s and 2000s? […]

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