Futurist Gerd Leonhard announces updated mission statement, new 2019 speaking topics: focus on digital ethics and the future of humanity

January 5, 2019 Greetings everyone, and Happy New Year! It’s been almost 17 years that I started giving talks and presentations on the future, and it’s been an amazing adventure – one that I plan to turn into a new book in 2019 (stay tuned via Twitter) I’ve done more than 1700 engagements ...

We need to talk about AI! A new short-film by Futurist Gerd Leonhard: what you need to know about artificial intelligence

I am very excited about my latest short film (the others are here) outlining my views on my #1 speaking topic: humans versus/with machines, artificial intelligence and the future of humanity in a world where machines can hear, see, speak, learn and ‘think’. On the one hand, artificial intelligence (AI) clearly has ...

Facebook’s provocations of the week – Monday Note describes the Google business model

“Imagine if JPMorgan owned the New York Stock Exchange, was the sole market-maker on its own equity, the exclusive broker for every other equity in the market, ran the entire settlement and clearing system in the market, and basically wouldn’t let anyone see who had bought shares and which share ...

The Next Privacy War Will Happen in Our Homes – Member Feature Stories – Medium

“October, Amazon showcased Alexa’s newest features, including the ability to detect when someone is whispering and respond at a quieter volume. According to Wired, Amazon also has plans to introduce a home security feature, Alexa Guard, giving the program the ability to listen “for trouble such as broken glass or ...

Understanding China’s AI Strategy

“Jack Ma, the chairman of Alibaba, said explicitly in a speech at the 2019 Davos World Economic Forum that he was concerned that global competition over AI could lead to war.14” Understanding China’s AI Strategyhttps://www.cnas.org/publications/reports/understanding-chinas-ai-strategyvia Instapaper ...

What is work?

“Since the dawn of the industrial age, work has become ever more transactional and predictable; the execution of routine, tightly defined tasks. In virtually every large public and private sector organization, that approach holds: thousands of people, each specializing in certain tasks, limited in scope, increasingly standardized and specified, which ...

Team Human vs. Team AI

“Artificial intelligence adds another twist. After we launch technologies related to AI and machine learning, they not only shape us, but they also begin to shape themselves. We give them an initial goal, then give them all the data they need to figure out how to accomplish it. From that ...

Recent events highlight an unpleasant scientific practice: ethics dumping

“Dig deeper, though, and what happened starts to look more intriguing than just the story of a lone maverick having gone off the rails in a place with lax regulation. It may instead be an example of a phenomenon called ethics dumping. Ethics dumping is the carrying out by researchers from ...

The new elite’s phoney crusade to save the world – without changing anything

“That vast numbers of Americans and others in the west have scarcely benefited from the age is not because of a lack of innovation, but because of social arrangements that fail to turn new stuff into better lives. For example, American scientists make the most important discoveries in medicine and ...

From greenwashing to “machine-washing” (a good comment on tech companies and AI, via the Boston Globe)

Guest post by TFA Curator Petervan Some technology companies are starting to go the extra mile in their corporate communication strategies in order to manage the perception that they focus on being sustainable, caring for the planet and society in general. On the other hand, some of them have also become ...

About Digital Pollution (Washington Monthly #mustread)

In the slipstream of exponential change… read this great posts on why the world is now choking on digital pollution (Washington Monthly).  Now that “data is the new oil” (one of Gerd’s favourite memes – watch this video from 2012 😄), we also have “spillage” in the form of data pollution. The ...

Nick Cave on why composing awesome music will remain a human-only occupation

A guest post by Peter Van Nick Cave has an opinion on the capacity of AI to write a good song. In this wonderful article, he replies to a Slovenian fan named Peter. As somebody using myself music and soundscapes in my performances and immersive learning experiences, it felt like he ...

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