Ludwig Wittgenstein, Lecture on Ethics. The "AI Ethics" crowd clearly has not read this yet..
How Big Tech funds the debate on AI ethics: https://www.newstatesman.com/science-tech/technology/2019/06/how-big-tech-funds-debate-ai-ethics #ML #Politics #Ethics
The Silicon Valley giants are spending billions developing AI, but they are also funding the people setting the technology’s most fundamental principles.
If the narrative of AI, Robotics & Automation is essentially just "more growth" (our current modus operandi), it will dangerously accelerate the wholesale destruction of life on earth - and thus calling such tech "intelligent" is oxymoronic - "cancerous" more accurate.
"Training a single AI model can emit as much carbon as five cars in their lifetimes":
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/613630/training-a-single-ai-model-can-emit-as-much-carbon-as-five-cars-in-their-lifetimes/ #ML #Technology #ClimateChange
'A white-collar sweatshop': Google Assistant contractors allege wage theft:
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/may/28/a-white-collar-sweatshop-google-assistant-contractors-allege-wage-theft #Technology #Politics #ML
AI beats humans in multiplayer shooter: https://news.yahoo.com/rise-machines-ai-beats-humans-multiplayer-shooter-104704160.html #ML #Military
The team did not comment, however, on the AI's potential for future use in military settings. DeepMind has publicly stated in the past that it is committed to never working on any military or surveillance projects, and the word "shoot" does not appear even once in the paper (shooting is instead described as tagging opponents by pointing a laser gadget at them).
In systems analysis, Diakoptics or the "Method of Tearing" involves breaking a (usually physical) problem down into subproblems which can be solved independently before being joined back together to obtain an exact solution to the whole problem. The term was introduced by Gabriel Kron in a series "Diakoptics — The Piecewise Solution of Large-Scale Systems" published in London, England by The Electrical Journal 1957 - 1959.
We know that with the successful development of "Diakoptics" Gabe turned his attention to new and greater challenges, to the comprehension of phenomena of a highly complex nature - multidimensional phenomena. From a philosophical point of view each such phenomenon would be considered complex because each was conceived as constituting a system not only of manifold operations, but of manifold heterogeneous operations. The prototype of this increasingly bold speculation and research was Gabe’s "crystal computer or vest pocket computer," as it was sometimes jokingly referred to, which utilized the simultaneous and heterogeneous activity of a crystal under stimulation of a single electric source. The important steps here seem to have been the perception of an analogy between the optical properties of a crystal under stimulation of a single source of light and the mathematical properties of an electromagnetic field surrounding an electric current, together with the successful use of topology to understand and manipulate them.
'I've seen more self-aware ants!' AI: More Than Human – review: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/may/15/ai-more-than-human-review-barbican-artificial-intelligence
"They may be More Than Human but they are less than art. Mario Klingemann’s piece Circuit Training makes the process by which machines learn explicit. Klingemann creates art using a programme that can generate images and then criticise its own work. You can join in by deciding which images are “interesting” as human faces morphed by the machine flow by on screen. It’s one of the most boring works of art I’ve ever experienced. The mutant faces are not meaningful or significant in any way."
"In Nexus Studios and Memo Akten’s Learning to See, you can move a pencil around on a surface and witness on a screen how an AI programme changes it into a multicoloured psychedelic image. It’s a nice effect, but not art. Meanwhile the fact that a minimalist sculpture called Totem by Chris Salter and numerous collaborators uses AI to control its pattern of twinkling lights feels utterly irrelevant."
"Does the banality of the AI “art” here tell us anything about the state of AI itself?
To be bored by the mindless doodlings and droolings of the AI artworks here is to know in your bones that AI does not yet possess anything like a conscious, let alone creative, mind. Is any existing robot or computer as self aware as an ant, for that matter? The question I’m left with is why so much is being invested in talking up the creativity of AI. Maybe we are all kids at heart who want a robot friend. Or maybe it suits powerful tech interests to bathe themselves in utopian, or even dystopian, glamour when all they’re really doing is using inert algorithms to manipulate consumers and mindless robots to replace a human workforce."
“Godfather of Deep Learning” @geoffreyhinton: “We humans are neural nets. What we can do, machines can do”: https://syncedreview.com/2019/05/10/google-i-o-2019-geoffrey-hinton-says-machines-can-do-anything-humans-can/
Peak Hubris. "Smashing the territory with the map". For a man of his stature say things like that, is just bad junk science on the level of a used-cars salesmen.
Interview with Robert Solow. #Politics #Economics #ML
Lovely man, charming and intelligent. Yet, extremely shortsighted, narrow, none diverse worldview on display in this interview - exemplary of post-war US intellectual power. The dominance of "Truth is in models, math and technocracy, not in humans and real-world" paradigm. Pure stupid narrow-minded arrogance, disguised as intellectual cleverness.
"A good 80% of 20th century growth of US economy had to be imputed to the broad concept of technological progress." - Robert Solow
Comment from Youtube by Kemble Walker:
"According to Solow, “Earlier generations are entitled to draw down the pool (optimally, of course!) so long as they add (optimally, of course!) to the stock of reproducible capital” . Throughout his career, Solow has been a consistent apologist for the destruction of our living environment for the accumulation of artificial, man-made rubbish. This ideology has brought human civilization to such a state of existential crisis that we have taken a complete about-turn. The Paris Agreement promises to re-plant massive tracts of the very same forests that Solow vociferously justified destroying for the production of skycrapers, plastic packaging, highways and toxic chemicals.
Such people are embraced by the megalomanic because they make psychopathy sound good. But the horrific consequences of these thoughts will only become more obvious as our natural ecosystems falter and collapse, a process which is already underway. Neo-classical economics is the result of generational hypnosis and dysfunctional neocortex. Unfortunately, many are swayed by accolades. But whatever psychological manipulations are at play in this video, the fact remains that shopping malls do not replace the water cycle; a network of highways does not replace atmospheric oxygen"
 Solow, R.M., 1974. Intergenerational equity and exhaustible resources. Review of Economic Studies Symposium, p. 41.
Malta is drafting a law to give legal personality to DAOs and other decentralised systems. And yes, AIs too: https://decryptmedia.com/6981/civil-rights-for-bots
Malta is known as a premiere EU tax haven & money laundering hotspot for corruption & organised crime. It is very fitting that they are granting "legal personality" to so called "autonomous systems" (complete sci-fi BS) - to further reduce accountability & transparency.
Theory: In 90% of real world Machine Learning use-cases, the ML could be replaced with alternative techniques which are 90% simpler (to understand, deploy, maintain, etc.) and 90%+ as effective. The results of design driven by techno-fetishism, instead of real human needs.
Today, nearly 60 percent of kids get to school by car, almost four times as many as in the late 1960s, when just 16 percent of children did so. https://www.citylab.com/life/2019/05/high-school-commute-drive-sleep-exercise-children-teens/588850/
And any amount of "electric self driving AI cars etc." won't change this inhumane absurdity. Seems people like @elonmusk have not gotten the memo yet.
Geppetto: "Enabling Semantic Design of Expressive Robot Behaviours": https://www.autodeskresearch.com/publications/geppetto #Robot #ML #ALife
DeepBehavior: A Deep Learning Toolbox for Automated Analysis of Animal and Human Behavior Imaging Data: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnsys.2019.00020/full