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...

Dealing with Complexity through ‘Swarm AI’

Social phenomena involves webs of large numbers of elements that interact with each other in complicated, non-linear ways. These interactions create coherent structures and “emergent” properties. Seen in this way, social phenomena bears a relationship...

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...

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...

The ABCDs of Fintech

Fintech industry has evolved by leaps & bounds ever since the last Financial crisis of 2008 and the advent of Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies in 2009. These two events actually provided just the right catalyst...

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...

How to Make AI More Intelligent?

Any question about the future is susceptible to unknown unknowns, futile speculations about things undiscovered. We need examples we can observe and interrogate now. The crux of the AI (Artificial Intelligence) problem is prediction under uncertainty;...

The End of Chaos Narrative in the Age of Creative Economy

Given the breakneck pace of improvements in automation and artificial intelligence (AI), fears about job loss and human obsolescence continue to consume the cultural imagination. The question looms: What is the future of human...

Being Nudged by AI

Personal AI (artificial intelligence) assistants are now nearly ubiquitous. Every leading smartphone operating system comes with a personal AI assistant that promises to help you with basic cognitive tasks such as searching, planning, messaging...

Infographics Digest — Vol. 3

Just a quick thank you note to all for really liking this Info graphics blog. Your support has encouraged me to continue this as one of my regular weekly blogs. And now here's the...

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...

Building A Mental Architecture for AI

A number of scientists and engineers fear that, once we build an artificial intelligence smarter than we are, a form of A.G.I known as artificial general intelligence, doomsday may follow. Bill Gates and Tim...

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...