Staff review audio in effort to help AI-powered voice assistant respond to commands When Amazon customers speak to Alexa, the company’s AI-powered voice assistant, they may be heard by more people than they expect, according to a report.Amazon employee…Read more
The spectre of superintelligent machines doing us harm is not just science fiction, technologists say – so how can we ensure AI remains ‘friendly’ to its makers? By Mara HvistendahlIt began three and a half billion years ago in a pool of muck, when a m…Read more
The world in 2019: The vexed politics of our times has obscured the view ahead. Over the holidays we have been examining some big issues on the horizon. Today, in our final instalment, we look at the spread of artificial intelligenceLooking over the ye…Read more
Exclusive: Jeffrey Sachs warns AI could lead to wealth being concentrated in the hands of a few thousand peopleA “tech tax” is necessary if the world is to avoid a dystopian future in which AI leads to a concentration of global wealth in the hands of a…Read more
The technology could vastly improve lives, the economist says – but only if the tech titans that control it are properly regulated. ‘What we have now is totally inadequate’It must be hard for Joseph Stiglitz to remain an optimist in the face of the gri…Read more
The digital age will free us up not only for leisure activities but also to take on caring roles that can only be filled by humansSo we are doomed. Robots will steal our jobs. Algorithms will capture our children. Artificial intelligence will corrupt o…Read more
Scottish-born John Giannandrea joined search firm in 2010 and helped it become market leader Apple has poached Google’s AI chief, John Giannandrea, to run its machine learning and AI operations, in the clearest sign yet that the iPhone creator is attem…Read more
Royal Society of Arts survey suggests technology could phase out mundane roles, raise productivity and bolster wagesFour million jobs in the British private sector could be replaced by robots in the next decade, according to business leaders asked abou…Read more
They already perform surgery, take blood and help people walk. But can robots replicate vital human interaction?
Robots don’t do my job as a GP yet, but computers are definitely the third person in the room in every consultation. The computer can feel like an attention-seeking teenager, asking random questions that demand a response. A person comes in to discuss their suicidal ideas or recent cancer diagnosis and the computer flashes reminders about smear tests and flu jabs.
But to ignore the computer is to run the risk of missing vital information. Integrating the machine into the face-to-face encounter between doctor and patient is an art form most of us never master. And working with a robot is an even more daunting prospect.Read more
Being gainfully employed is about more than money. We need to consider what will give our lives purpose and connection in the age of automation
When Aristotle described “the complete happiness of man”, he thought it would include, among other things, “self-sufficiency, leisureliness and unweariedness”. Unfortunately the philosopher concluded that “such a life would be too high for man” – it was suitable only for the gods. All the same, he encouraged humanity to keep striving to get as close to “complete happiness” as possible.
I reckon he’d be proud of where we’ve got. Today, the fourth industrial revolution – which ranges from artificial intelligence to genetic engineering and automation – promises almost total freedom from weariness and uninterrupted leisure time as demands of work are taken away from us by better, cheaper and more efficient artificial technology.Read more