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Fairness tools and explainable AI: Companies start to invest in the ethics of AI

The neural networks that make up AI are known for being “black boxes” that are so opaque they restrict our ability to understand what factors went into a decision. As accountability and explainability become increasingly important in this digital age, a company’s reputation stands to suffer enormously if their algorithms are shown to be biased read more...

Two-thirds of experts believe AI will make humans better off overall, finds Pew study

A study conducted by Pew this summer gathered interviews from 979 technology experts including innovators, developers, policy and business leaders, researchers, activists and other pioneers regarding the future of AI. Participants were asked to opine on how our increasing dependence on networked artificial intelligence would affect read more...

Humans should merge with AI to avoid being overtaken, says Elon Musk

Musk warns AI has potential to reduce humanity to the status of monkeys In a recent HBO interview with Axios co-founders Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen, Elon Musk said he believed it will be necessary for humans to merge with AI.  Calling on the analogy of what humans have done to other primates, reducing their […] read more...

Ethical uproar as Chinese scientist creates world’s first gene-edited babies

A professor at the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, China recently announced he has succeeded in creating the world’s first genetically altered babies.  The project was carried out while He Jiankui was on unpaid leave from the university, who claim they were not aware of his research. read more...

Big Data Ethics: What does China's social credit system mean for the West?

China recently announced it planned to implement a nation-wide social credit system by 2020. The system, already being piloted in some regions, gathers data from smartphones, facial recognition cameras and other AI technology. It then feeds this data into an algorithm that assigns each user a social credit score. read more...

China using big data to roll out dystopian social credit system

The social credit system has already been in place since 2014 in certain areas of China such as Hangzhou, near Shanghai. For those deemed untrustworthy, “everywhere is limited, and it is difficult to move, so that those who violate the law and lose the trust will pay a heavy price”. The social credit system will be implemented nation-wide by 2020. read more...

US considers AI export controls in fight to keep lead against China

The US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security recently proposed doubling down on export controls for conventional weapons, intelligence collection, weapons of mass destruction and items that could be deemed to have potential terrorist applications. The move comes under the umbrella of the Export Control Reform Act established earlier read more...

Affective computing and the emotion economy: "Trust" takes on a whole new meaning

The futurist Richard Yonck first coined the term “emotion economy” to describe the network of emotionally intelligent devices that is revolutionizing the technological world as we know it – and with it, the way we conduct business. Emotional data is becoming an essential tool in creating more effective advertising and forging read more...

Lexus’ latest ad was written by AI: Should we be worried?

A teary-eyed Lexus Takumi Master Craftsman bids farewell to his beloved work of art, a new Lexus ES.  The car makes a short journey along a picturesque coastline and arrives at a sinister-looking testing centre.  Heart in his mouth, the man watches on TV as the car undergoes a crash test.  Seconds before crashing into the back of a truck read more...

The future of AI: Why should I invest with Crowdfunding.AI?

Why is now a good time to invest in the AI market? AI represents a sea change in the way we view the economy, on a par with the industrial revolution or the Internet.  This pervasive technology has already crept its way into healthcare, agriculture, banking and a slew of other industries, and we are […] read more...